A few moments ago I was two clicks away from a cut and paste of an old post from a previous blog. It suddenly occurred to me that not only was I possibly plagiarizing myself, but also that I was dredging up something that I had already gotten out of my head and onto 'paper'. Now going into your past and remembering things is acceptable, sharing nostalgia with others is friendship binding and often fun, but regurgitating thoughts and wrapping them up in a different package is just kind of boorish.
I have always liked the phrase; Jack of all trades, it's the master of none part that bothers me. We all, or almost all of us, have hobbies. Whether it be playing sports or dancing, travelling, painting, etc. This is good! It gives us a chance to get rid of the stress that builds up from the day to day humdrum that encroaches on our lives, hobbies also allow us to stir up the creative juices in our souls so as to keep them from getting stagnant.
My problem is with a particular line of thought that I constantly encounter. People I meet, who have similar interests, are often either belittling their talents or thinking about purchasing something that they believe will allow them to perform at a higher level.
Why do we have to strive for greatness in every area of our lives? Isn't a little mediocrity satisfying?
I am not a good guitar player (wife looks over shoulder, reads what I have just typed and walks away laughing uproariously) but knowing that I am not going to be trying to impress anyone allows me to enjoy what I do and be realistic about the amount of money and time I am willing to spend on it.
I don't plan on becoming a professional photographer so why would I want to float two or three thousand bucks on a professional set up. My camera suits me fine and I believe that I take decent snapshots with it.
I like blogging because it's cheap. I get to write about silliness such as this and I never worry about rejection leters. Hobbies are supposed to relieve you of the stress you get from having to excel at work.
I like my mediocrity. How about you?