From a post on Facebook from Elgon Williams, Pandamoon Author.
The Same New Adventure
Sometimes we’re lucky enough to find a purpose for all the things we went through in our lives. For example, why did I ever study Radio and TV Production, Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Advertising, Labor Relations, Marketing, Operations Management, Finance, Economics, Accounting… And Chinese Mandarin. Seems like an a mess of contrasts, doesn’t it? Welcome to my mind.
Now that I’ve entered into a curious relationship between the …practical and creative elements of my being all of the past experiences in learning and life in general have begun to fall into place. I’ve come to believe there is a reason for everything we do, just that we aren’t always recognizant at the moment. In some ways it’s like attempting to explain to a 13-year-old why he or she needs to study Algebra or Geometry.
I have worked with a lot of people over the years, managing diverse personalities and dealing directly with the general public, which can be scary at times. Always I had two sides to my mind. At times I believed the creative and the practical sides were distinct one from the other, but lately I’ve learned everything is connected. And it has always been that way, even if I refused to believe it. Moreover, I’ve been a problem for many of my supervisors to understand. I’m not motivated in any way that they could comprehend and that frustrated them. Money doesn’t really motivate me, except that it affords basic survival. Recognition and praise have always made me uncomfortable. You see, some things come easily for me and it’s hard for me to be as impressed with what I can do as others seem to be. Most of the time my abject stupidity humbles me.
Anyway, I’m doing something exciting, now. Not only am I engaged in the completion of the publication of another novel, I am working with others to promote their work and both of immensely gratifying experiences. You see, I have always enjoyed helping people. Sometimes that has come in the form of lending advice. Other times it has required me to see things that others cannot and explain my vision in ways they others can understand. What I’m doing now engages my mind completely. What’s better than that? Talk about having a purpose in life!