Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
It sounds great to be a Jack until you add that little nagging tag-on “King of none.” Then what?
What do you think? What do you consider yourself to be? I’m definitely a Jack. I’ll try my hand at most things and they generally turn out okay, sometimes more than okay, sometimes awesome!! Sometimes terrible… but I take it as a learning experience in those (many) cases. There is that little niggling doubt, nurtured by society, that if you aren’t “King” that you couldn’t possibly be very good. Does anyone even know any true Kings?
Being a Jack does make it difficult to describe what you do in a succinct fashion: “I sing soprano”, “I’m a crafter”, “I cook”, etc. doesn’t go far enough. Someone else might also say “I cook” and they make incredible cinnamon buns while my favourite thing to make is soup. Such a different set of skills! Additionally, some folks love a good cinnamon bun but could do without eating soup for the rest of their lives (SHOCK! HORROR!!) Demand for those skills and products that are tucked far away from the general understanding of a skill varies wildly. When I say “I sing soprano” what I might mean is that I can imitate the mice in the movie “Babe” or it might mean that I can shatter widows with my stratospheric sonic spears of super C’s(under the correct controlled circumstances of course).
I’m not sure I’d every be happy being “King” of one thing. The absolute best at one thing. Sure, it would feel great for a while, but then wouldn’t you get a bit bored? Maybe not, maybe I’m just that distractible. Alternately, I think being the King of something would be quite stressful. Like the King of Country, the King of Calligraphy, the King of Corn on the Cob…would they be allowed to venture outside their realms of rule if they wanted to? Would the results of this rebellion be received with respect? (Oh I do adore appropriately applied alliteration!)
I greatly admire people who are extremely good at their specific craft. I think it means you’ve found that one thing you can’t live without doing every day. That is wonderful! Until I find my one thing to be King at I’m going to try everything and probably many times each. Maybe I’ve already found my thing? I don’t care! I’m a Jack for life!
Love you guys. You’ve got this. <3