‘Jack of all trades, master of none’
I don’t know about you, but I’m always starting something new; A new book; New habits; New skills; A new Netflix series; New recipes; New friendships. There are just so many options, so many things out there that interest me that I don’t know where to start. So I just start everything, all the time. Needless to say, I rarely seem to actually master much…
This seems to be a perennial problem for me and those around me. We all seem to be packing in so much, yet not really enjoying any of it. Taking all opportunities at once, rather than choosing carefully. We aim to be jacks of all trades, seemingly inevitably ending up masters of none.
The pull of the new and the exciting seems to be all the more powerful these days as we are exposed to so many exciting opportunities. I know that every-time I check Instagram, part of me is just going to be jealous of my friend who has just picked up leather-craft or crochet or whatever. It all looks so cool!
It makes me feel very inadequate and very unappreciative of the talents I have been given. Rather than spending more time doing the things I love and have been given gifts to be able to do pretty well, I spend time wishing I could do this or that thing which I read about online.
One of my ‘new-term’ resolutions is definitely to enjoy the things I’m good at and to spend more time on them; maybe even mastering them. I was encouraged in one of these areas recently when I had my first ‘real’ film photos developed. I had been putting off developing them for ages, half thinking about giving up and moving on to something new and ‘exciting’. Yet, in one day of remarkable organisation I took a couple of rolls to be developed and was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the results.
Hopefully, I can spend time actually getting good at film photography, rather than rushing half-cocked into another ‘cool’ hobby. We’ll see.
Here are some of the photos showcasing Prague on a summer morning.