“I was always afraid of being…
‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ The idiom means that you can’t be great at more than one thing. Either you focus on one skill and do it really well or be good – but not great – at many skills. But who says this is bad?
I have always had an issue with this saying, because many people take it as having to choose one path and ignore the other parts of them that are dying to be developed. Society upholds this way of thinking. You are judged by your job title, not your true passion and calling in life. It is not required for your boss to take the time to get to know all of who you are, so if you have a supervisor who does do that, it’s extremely unusual. It shouldn’t be.
People change. What you were interested in doing two or three years ago, may be different now. But we’re often made to feel guilty about feeling that way. Society has planted a voice in us that says, “Hurry up and choose that one thing or be left behind!”
My passion is storytelling and my main tool of doing so is writing. When I was in college, I was so stuck on being a music and lifestyle writer. I would cover Homecoming events, trying to land interviews with every rapper that came to campus. From J. Cole, Wale to Kendrick Lamar, etc., I found a way to make the story happen. But I also had a love for African-American culture and news. I enjoyed writing pieces on local D.C. business-owners and I interviewed a grandmother who had HIV and was somehow finding the strength to raise her grandchildren. These human interest pieces were just as exciting to me as the music writing.
In the journalism field, many writers eventually fall into niches and become editors in that particular niche. In the past year or so I stopped writing as many music pieces for several reasons: For one, it wasn’t as lucrative as I wanted it to be. Secondly, I felt like I was losing myself in writing about music that I felt wasn’t even worth writing on. I mean how many times did I want to have to analyze a trap song with the same themes as the other hundred songs already out? I won’t discount the fact that I did have an editor who let me write some more in depth pieces that I’m proud of. Third, the most recent protests against the injustices that Blacks face have made me super dedicated to telling African-American stories.
Still, I’ve always been caught in between the two. Do I want to be known as race/culture writer or music writer? I’ve been thinking lately how I want to write more music-related pieces again. I love music and I shouldn’t feel guilty about having that side to me that wants to spend time writing those pieces as well. Will I choose? Time will only tell.
To be continued…
Your thoughts: Do you feel society has limited you and your interests in anyway?