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Who said you can’t do it all?

January 30, 2020

Growing up, all through my childhood and my teenagehood I was able to get involved in many different programs, thanks to my dear parents' encouragement. I did a lot of singing, math, church activities, and social programs. 

Later on in life, I discovered this notion: 

A jack of all trades but a master of none. 

In my mind, I was like, “BOYYYYY! Sigh ☹ who hurt you, really? Your life must have sucked really.”  I heard things like you can’t be a part of too many things but rather you need to “specialize”. The concept of being specific to one thing really bothered me since all through my life I was allowed to do all these things and now I looked like I was doing “too much” as I grew older. For about a year I struggled with this perception as it greatly clashed with my personality. In my mind, I tried challenging society’s school of thought. If I can do all these things and still aim for perfection, then why not? But really who is one of seven billion. For such a long time, I convinced my mind that I won’t be the epitome of greatness for as long as I kept venturing into different things. 

I forced myself to try and specialize in that one thing I loved but felt so confined in a box. The problem was I couldn’t really figure out that “one thing” since I loved everything the same. I then lived that mediocre life of doing only one thing and channeling my energy into one thing - engineering. I spent my first year of engineering trying to get it right and sacrificing all other things just to be that great engineer. It partially worked, but I could feel every fiber of my being wanting moreeee! I didn’t seek opportunities for my other talents just so I could focus on my school work.

After my first year, I told myself that school work alone didn’t cut it for me. I believe we’re all wired to be great at more than one thing. I dived heavily into my music passion and balanced it well with my school work. I was able to collaborate with my like-minded friend, Michelle, and we were able to start an initiative at Ontario Tech, Coffee House monthly sessions where anyone can literally pick up the mic and share their talents. I also dived into solos and did conference performances, and even CONVOCATION!

I got so much satisfaction in plunging my feet into different fields and I quickly realized that maybe I am a masterpiece. 

Maybe you too are a masterpiece, but you’re confining yourself into that linear space. Don’t be afraid to do all that you love. Be great in everything you put your hands into. Be a master of all trades, because you can be!