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Tenaciously Focused On the Next Shiny Things

It’s been many years since I graduated from anything. It’s several months before the next graduation.

Still, Tim Minchin‘s UWA graduation address resonates with me.

I never had a dream. Except maybe to be a nun.  I changed my mind when I realized I couldn’t have my own children, so that can probably be considered a short-term passion.

I see lots of shiny things that I follow.  I’ve been a lot of things and had a lot of different titles.

In a bit of chronological order with a lot of overlap:

  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Student
  • Car-hop
  • Waitress
  • Wife
  • Mother
  • Auntie
  • Sanitarian (Yes, that’s a real job that requires a degree)
  • Microbiologist
  • Single-mother
  • Certified Pest Control Expert
  • Chemist
  • Manager
  • Director
  • Seminar Instructor
  • Wife
  • Vice President
  • College Teacher
  • Blogger
  • Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Photo-Journalist
  • Novelist
  • Webmaster
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Business Owner
  • Volunteer
  • Grandmother

I’m also a reader, bicyclist, hiker, camper, listener, gardener, farmer, senior, yogi, knitter, quilter, crocheter, cook, cake decorator, and chief bottle washer.

And still I feel that’s not all of me.  I’m not through yet.  Passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals.  Micro-Ambitious, that’s me.

Sunset on the water fills me with peace

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  1. Hi Adela! Just found your link over on the Women of Midlife FB page for the first time and read your post. I so agree that we are all multi-layered beings and your list proves it. And from my perspective, “why not?’ Your list is much more interesting to me than someone who has done the same thing day in and day out for their entire lives. So keep following those shiny things! It shows you are alive! ~Kathy

    • Adela Adela

      Thanks Kathy. I often envied people who knew from an early age just what they wanted to be and focused their life’s work like a laser. Perhaps I had a bit of a character flaw? Now I can celebrate and consider it a character strength!

  2. I, too, am lots of things and kind of all over the place. One of the reasons my avatar is Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck, from a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone gets on my backside and says I should focus. Wish I could.

    • Adela Adela

      I can focus, Anne. For a while, but then the next shiny thing has me off on another project.

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