I’ve realized in the past couple of years that balance is the aspect of my lifestyle that I appreciate the most. I’ve always bounced back and forth between my interests, but only after entering the working world did I discover that I need that balance in my life. Yes there have been passions that have taken up more time than others, but I don’t think I’m ever going to be someone who lives for one thing, and one thing only (my mom says this will change when I have kids, but I’m not sure I believe her). I’m happiest when I’m doing a little bit of everything. I work, I play sports, I spend time with friends and family, I dance, I cook, I craft; I love mixing it all in. Though I do have to admit, now that I’ve entered this indefinite phase of “young-adulthood,” I sometimes find myself struggling to navigate without one true passion as a beacon. I stumbled across “An ‘IF’ for Girls” about 6 months ago, and while it was apparently written in 1931 (modeled after Rudyard Kipling’s “If”), its message transcends any generational gaps.
An “If” for Girls”
By Elizabeth Lincoln Otis
(With apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kipling)
The poem reminds me that its good to love a little bit of everything. It notes the importance of humility and moderation, makes me feel better that I’m not 1,000% passionate about my job, and inspires confidence that I’ll figure out where my life is going soon enough. And isn’t that the question every 20-something is really trying to answer?