After spending most of my adult life firmly entrenched in the rat-race, I've decided to "Back 'er Down" and focus on the more simple, important things in life.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Being a Renaissance Man
I enjoy doing a lot of things and I honestly believe that it will benefit me and my family in the long run. I think that a lot of people these days are only equipped with one or two skills. We go to college and "major" in one thing. We learn a trade and focus entirely on that trade. What happens if that major or trade goes away? It's happening all around us.
I read that the economy is rebounding and that the "recession" is over. I just have a hard time believing it. I still see people without jobs. I still see the prices of consumer goods soaring. There are jobs out there though. I see them every day. Do people just not want them or are they not qualified to perform the task? I don't really have the answer, but I suspect that it's a little bit of both. I'm a trained PR man. I got a quality education and learned all about crafting messages, channeling information and managing perception. What if that was all I had? Scares the hell out of me sometimes. I work hard. I love what I do, and I think I'm pretty good at it. However, I am employed at the will of a state government entity that is suffering major economic setbacks. I need something else to go with that. Not only knowledge that makes me a commodity, but knowledge that edifies me personally. I'm not talking about a masters degree either. I'm talking about skills. I've learned a lot of random things, but I have a hunger for more. I want to learn how to deliver a breeched calf. How to stitch up a wound. How to code a cool Web site. How to read a topographical map. How to take a professional looking picture. And by God I still want to go to Auctioneering School too!
At the risk of sounding a like a kooky apocalyptic naysayer, I think we seem to be losing that desire to learn and take care of ourselves in society today. That scares the hell out of me. I suppose that I'm not really an expert at anything that I do, but I do most of it pretty good. I'm convinced that a strong back and a will to work is the most valuable skill of all. It's hard to get myself motivated to do any of the things I mentioned. They're all hard and they don't pay worth a damn. I don't know if it's God or if it's my environment, but something keeps telling me that I need to continue diversifying my skills portfolio. Learn as much as I can. As kooky or apocalyptic as it sounds, that's what I'm gonna do.