We see it among a group of people all the time: one person is shy, one person loves to be the center of attention. One person is intellectual, another is more emotional. We see the nerdy, geeky types, and we see the athletically proficient.
But what we don't always see, or admit, is that we have all these types of characters within us, and, depending on many factors of our life thus far, some of them get more outplay than others.
And, even more problematic, some parts of us are more reliable than others - when we say we are going to go to the gym every day at 6am, that aspect of us is completely serious. But another part of us might think that is a terrible idea, and makes its opposition known when the alarm goes off.
So the artist, the caregiver, the friend, the parent, these are all part of the collective instrumentation of a human life and its possibilities. The question then becomes, who is the conductor? Is someone in charge of all of this, or do we just let the loudest voice win out?
Join us in the discovery of the human orchestra in this 4-part series.
Where it threw me had to do with being able to really recognize it, and recognizing these lives inside that are slow, that are fast, the adventurer, and the homebody. I just went on this whole path of trying to find these very opposing influences in me. And do I then identify with any one of them, or do I simply recognize that they are there? And who gets to decide in the moment?