As I dive into these conversations with artists and entrepreneurs about play and creativity I will come on to do solo episodes once in a while. They will usually be inspired by something I’ve noticed with our guests or concepts within play that are interesting. I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Today I want to talk about being an explorer in your life - a theme that I’ve seen with some of The Recess Life guests so far. Exploring is trying on different skills, interests, occupations, activities etc. for the purpose of discovering oneself.
Nailah Blades Wyliewent from working in a corporate career to a life coach to the head of her own marketing agency and now runs Color Outside, a company that takes women of color on outdoor nature adventures.
Jenny Feinberg had a 10 year career in politics, then started a coworking community business with hundreds of San Francisco creatives and is now a watercolor artist.
Nailah and Jenny’s stories are not unusual for other people that have found fulfilling work. They explored who they really are before landing at where they are at today. Does the idea of being exploratory feel like permission to try lots of things or does it make you feel like you are indecisive and flaky?
I talk about
playing and having an exploratory period with different interests to help you find fulfilling work
why there is no such thing as “being behind” if you delay choosing a specialty in life.
why our cultural narratives make it so challenging to have a playful exploratory approach to life
why exploring different interests does not make you flaky or indecisive
Mentioned in this episode and resources on being an explorer in your life.