Throughout my whole life, people have told me to choose one thing and focus on it. Whether that’s choosing one extracurricular activity, a major in college, and a career path, I’ve always abided by this rule but have internally struggled with the concept. Why do I have to pigeon hole myself into “one thing” when I’m interested in so many different things? It felt restrictive as if I was closing the doors to possible opportunities. As an adult looking back, this whole system feels somewhat wrong. The more I think about it, this rule seems like it was made up by people of power to mold other people into something they can utilize to grow their businesses.
It’s taken me years to make peace with the fact that I’m in fact, an introvert. As a child, I thought being soft spoken was uncool… all of the popular kids were loud and charismatic, and I wanted to be more like them. But as someone who despises parties and meaningless small talk, I’ve come to the realization that it’s not something I can fix but a personality trait that’s deeply engrained in me.