This blog tends to be dedicated to sharing the things I do in life. It’s easy to talk about the facts; it’s easy for me to share the how-to, and I love helping others enjoy life as I do. Lately though, my head has been stuck on a concept that I’ve let affect too much of my daily life.
One of my greatest weaknesses is that my personality type wants very, very much to fit into a situation in a way that is best for a group. Maybe it comes from the unstable family I grew up in – maybe it’s just an innate need I have to find cohesion. What it means though is that I’m often reading a situation without realizing it while trying to mash my strong personality into the little box that others have created for me.
You are (just) an artist.
You are (just) an engineer.
You are (just) a hippie.
You are (just) rational.
You are (just) logical.
You are (just) Type A.
You are (just) irrational.
You are (just) selfish.
You are (just) too emotionally invested.
You are (just) quiet.
You are (just) direct.
You are (just) an athlete.
You are (just) not hardcore enough.
Every time you label someone or categorize him or her into a neat little box in your head, you’re limiting their potential. To my art school friends, I’m too rigid. To my logical friends, I’m too free-spirited. To my conservative friends, I’m a hippie. To my liberal friends, I follow too many rules.
To me, I am (just) tired right now. I’m tired of trying to be everything everyone else needs because it often conflicts with what I need. What I actually need is the freedom to live without all the damn labels (and drama).
Every day, I try to remember how fortunate I am to be exactly where I am in this life. I’m thankful for the people who have been in my life and I look forward to sharing experiences that are yet to come with others.
This Little Engineer