I'm an eclectic. I don't have a single "look" or aesthetic. I like brights and neutrals, florals and geometrics, prints and solids. I like traditional quilts and art quilts, folk art and fine art, pottery and fine china. I like oldies and chamber music. I like fiction and nonfiction. I like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter (well… maybe Winter not so much). I don't have a niche. Miscellaneous is my specialty.
Years ago, as I was being interviewed by the SD Judicial Qualifications Commission for a judgeship (I made the top three final cut, but I did not get the appointment), one of my inquisitors said to me, "You've held several different jobs. It looks to me like you haven't found your niche." I had legal experience in both the public and private sectors, civil and criminal, and considerably more appellate experience than most attorneys my age. I had also been the first woman appointed to the SD Board of Pardons & Paroles. I naively thought my broad range of experience would be a plus, not a minus. My response was, "I prefer to think I haven't fallen into a rut."
I continue to struggle with that niche vs. rut dichotomy sometimes. I still haven't found a comfortable niche. But I'm rarely bored, often challenged, and I remain open to new opportunities and ideas. I'm content to be without a niche, open to creative options. And I'm grateful that I'm not mired in some rut, spinning my wheels in overdrive.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
LeAnn aka pasqueflower
Photo Credits: Pine trees and grass surround wagon ruts that have been carved into stone by emigrants who traveled the Oregon Trail, Guernsey, Wyoming (42.255° N 104.749° W).
Public domain. Photo courtesy of Talbot Hauffe, WYDOT