Always a beginner…
<blockquote>Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
</blockquote>I've always had an impulse to completely delve into a new passion.
A passion I didn't have yesterday, you can be sure I have today, and in a month, I would have devoted so many hours to it, I'm happy to start going at it without help.
In 2010 I left JHB with a few bead tools, and some standard knowledge my mother had showed me on how to make jewelry. Within the end of 2011, I was selling them on Facebook. I was producing jewelry as if I was mass selling them - I wasn't, and I still have them and have no idea what to do with them - but that's not the point.
Then that stopped. - I'm not going to give the reasons as to why as I go along, that's not the point of this post.
In 2012, we had also gotten a passion to run long distance and was training for Kilimanjaro - a skill that ultimately led us to doing the Otter trail in 2013. - Man we were living and breathing hiking. - That also stopped
During that year we were so fortunate to get a French Bulldog, (later we got another one) and started training her. (Also showing her, but that is evil and of the devil and I will NEVER endorse it) - but regardless. This passion ended up in me ultimately training dogs myself. Beginner classes and teaching tricks. Dog instructor. - On that, stop asking me what you "should do with your dog" or tell me "I'm bringing my dog to you" - just... stop that, because I don't know.
In 2014, I rediscovered my photography passion by buying an entry-level camera on a whim and in 2015 opened up my very profitable business. Combining my dog training experience with my photography, I ran this business until the end of 2016, making a very profitable career, and also doing well. - That didn't stop, but it got converted into only doing photography for myself.
In 2017 - I started watching Nail Career Education, a channel on Youtube that shows you how to do clients nails. So naturally, I bought myself a gel set (on a whim) - and I've been doing my own gelish tips and overlays religiously every second week since then.
In early 2018 - Because I was way too frugal to pay someone to just knit me a bloody dress for an old Bratz doll, I took up knitting. I got a crash course in this in order to just get the basics, and Youtube has been helping me ever-since.
In no way do I say that I am an expert in ANY of those, the point is. That I've always been a beginner in skills. The only skill I've had for 11 years running is a digital presence on website design and building - the actual thing I studied for and got qualifications for. And I can't support my ever-growing passion rate if I don't do that. - So that might be while I'm still at it. - I like it, and it pays bills. So that helps.
On that bit - Just because I work in IT, doesn't mean I know why your pc is slow. That's the same as asking a tiler to lay the electrical wires when building a house. Both are involved in building a house, but they don't know each others expertise - and I don't know anything, I'm just faking it until the band makes it. You don't like constantly talking shop when you're not working, neither do I. When that home bell rings I flee the office just like everyone else. - I gots shit to knit/photograph/train.
Why do people do this? Because they (and I mean I) like learning new skills. Not skills necessarily that might get me paid or survive the zombie apocalypse, but skills. I can do the above, and I can also build a pc from scratch and solder, drill, sand. etc. (I can't stitch or iron clothes, and to be honest I'm not that good cook either - we'll survive but we'll ride this bland train until we die) - Because I ain't got time to learn that, I'm too busy learning something else. duh. I can't cook us a healthy meal I'm busy knitting this shawl OMG!