Can you recognize yourself in this gif?
If you said “YES!!” to that question, congratulations, you’re now officially stuck in the rut of life.
When I announced that we are moving to Denmark a few months ago, someone told me “I understand. You’re young, you want to try something new.”.
When my manager shared to the colleagues that I was leaving, he wrote “Andrea will be seeking a new adventure in Denmark”.
It made me laugh.
The truth is exactly 180 degrees of that.
I hardly ever feel the need for anything unexpected to happen.
In fact, I wish for once my life would be without too much excitement.
When I googled “living in a rut”, I got thousands of hits on how to escape it.
Not one article promotes the convenience of “boring”, routine days.
Is this because it’s too weird to admit?
During my Personal Development talk with my manager, he asked me how I would like to see myself grow.
“Only in height”, I winked.
He did not understand my joke.
“If you ask me for my own personal wishes, I’d like to only teach the Electrical Safety courses only”, I tried again.
He frowned. “Wouldn’t you get bored with that?”.
“Not the least”, I answered.
I have been lucky that I have been infected in my early career with the only topic that truly interest me.
I have no wish to change this passion. I will NEVER get bored with it.
This “specialist” behaviour also translate in my personal life.
There is a few countries I want to visit.
Once I checked them off, I will simply visit them again. Just in another season.
Also, why would I risk trying a new restaurant when there is a handful I know for sure will satisfy my taste buds?
The first time I realized I am more of specialist than a generalist, is during a personality test in highschool.
There were two pictures of the Sagrada Familia, with the question:
Which picture shows more?
Which one would you have answered and why?
And does it reflect to your personality of being more of generalist or specialist?
Do you think generalists look for a more adventurous life and specialists are OK being “stuck in the rut”?