A modern day Renaissance Woman

I’ve said before that I believe that the reason we are here is to experience as much of what the world has to offer that we can in the time that is given to us. I have such a long list of what I want to see and do and learn and read that I know I won’t possibly get to it all in this lifetime.

And so I plan. I constantly search for new projects or ideas. I don’t always finish the ones I start, to the frustration of my husband.

I heard a positive spin on this last weekend as someone referred to themselves as a Renaissance Woman. Taken from the term “Renaissance Man,” a person who is well-rounded and has delved into many areas of expertise to become good at many, but never allowing one to surpass the others, I thought this was a perfect term to describe the way I go about my many projects.

Other people hold by the 10,000 hour theory, which says that when you approach so many hours, you have become a true expert in your subject area. I am actually obsessive enough that I attempt to track subject areas where I am trying to learn and grow and improve in. I doubt I will hit 10,000 in any of these, but I like watching my growth happen in quantifiable terms.

Many of my social and blog posts are motivated by the things I am reading and learning, because they are driven by my closest-held values. Because there is so much I want to do with my life, I have to prioritize and I have to realize when it is time to give something up and move on to the new. This year, I continue to focus on my writing, on learning French, and on self-driven religious studies. Separate from things I just want to be able to say I’ve done, I believe that the area we should want to learn most about is the nature of what we believe in.

I believe I am not alone in feeling there is simply too much of this world to get to finish everything I’d like. Isn’t it a beautiful feeling to recognize how much wonder for the world is left to us as adults?

As an open question, I’d love to hear some of the things you are learning about or are actively choosing to make a personal study of this year. Feel free to PM or list them in the comments or any other method you prefer.

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