Am I a Modern Day Renaissance Woman?

A new term came to my mind when we were talking (around the blog-o-sphere) about not having a single focused passion, but enjoying various things. I was realizing I really like my “100 New Things in 2019” approach to life and don’t really focus on any single passion to a level of mastery. In fact, I’m learning to be happy with “good enough” in my skill set development and having an un-busy life without a single all-consuming passion. Some terms were tossed around – dabbler, explorer – but nothing felt quite right.

Could I be a Modern Day Renaissance Woman?

Following various links on Google: A Modern Day Renaissance Woman (or Man) has an always-learning attitude and is a well-rounded individual full of knowledge across many fields. [There’s also the term polymath and I’ve heard it being used a few times now. But that term doesn’t really flow off the tongue for me.]

A Modern Day Renaissance Woman (or Man) loves learning (has a mindset of continual learning) and enjoys discovering more. She/he is not “meandering” but delving just deep enough to gain knowledge; she/he recognizes that not everything has to be “mastered”. She/he sees & uses patterns across a wide range of knowledge to solve problems. And she/he is continuously focused on personal development blending physical, mental, and social/cultural development.  

How does a MDRW/M improve holistically?

  • Physical development – through fitness, working with her/his hands, and DIY projects.
  • Mental development – by reading constantly, exploring languages, puzzle solving, and building the ability to tolerate discomfort.
  • Cultural/social development – by engaging (spectator and/or creator) in the arts, style/fashion, food, travel, and etiquette; by increasing understanding of symbols and cultural practices.

So Modern Day Renaissance Woman (or Man) … Read a lot – read the classics. Continue to learn how to effectively communicate. Disconnect regularly from social media. Improve your social connections. Learn a new language. Visit museums and art galleries. Travel & explore new cultures. Improve your physical fitness. Engage your senses. Become stronger (mentally, socially, physically) bit by bit.

Except for learning a new language and a lot of travel … I think this describes my life. I love to read and explore topics.  I’m a synthesizer of knowledge and a framework (pattern) finder.  I am intentionally working on improving social connections and living a healthy lifestyle. I love the theater, arts & crafts shows, visiting museums, and a really good dinner and lively conversation.  So I’m declaring I am a Modern Day Renaissance Woman.   What about you?

Picture Credit – Me!

27 thoughts on “Am I a Modern Day Renaissance Woman?

  1. I’ve always had many passions, interests, projects going at once — and often thoughts that what was once valued as genius is now often labeled as unfocused, ADHD, etc. Think of the DaVinci’s of the world that had a plethora of talents and interests. Embrace your MDRW!

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  2. And you are a published author. So proud of you. I am a dabbler. I try a little of this, a little of that but I am not ‘fluent’ or accomplished in anything.

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  3. I really like the term ‘Modern Day Renaissance Woman’, and it certainly sounds like you are one! The idea of delving into a variety of learning experiences and not attempting to master them is appealing and interesting. Great post! #MLSTL

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  4. You’re definitely a MDRW Pat – and that’s what keeps your life interesting and engaging (and gives you lots to blog about). I think Midlife is the perfect time to explore and to continue in the process of flourishing – I’d like to think I’m a MDRW too 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM

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    1. Leanne, isn’t it a wonderful term? I’ve just read something else about “staying engaged in life”…another great phrase. Now I need to consider what I’m going to learn about next.

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    1. Jo, I had a LOL moment when I read this “I’m definitely a renaissance woman & man”. I was thinking… what have I missed?! Damn those commas.Sorry, just had to tell you. As another writer, hopefully you will LOL too!

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  5. Ooohhh, I like your term “Modern Day Renaissance Woman.” Even before I knew what it actually meant:) It sounded weighted and worthy. Then, I really liked the description. It suits you well. Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous photo!

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    1. Janis, just found your comment in my spam folder ?!? I like your idea of too many things to enjoy… but saw another niggle today about adult lack of passion coming from childhood experiences. I’m gong to keep looking into that idea.

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      1. I’ve been having some problems with WP spam lately but I think it’s fixed now. Thanks for breaking me out of spam prison. I’ll be interested in learning more about lack of passion and childhood experiences. But, I think there’s a big difference between Lack of Passion = lots of interests, but none rising up to “passion” level and Lack of Passion = indifference and complacency. I wonder if that’s what they are talking about.

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      2. I’m going to delve deeper but it was not indifference, at first glance. I might have to sign up for a seminar to get more info, but I’m hoping some googling might uncover it first. 🙂

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  6. Hi Pat,
    I like this! I’m a learner, and I love to explore, but rarely feel like I need to take anything particular to Mastery. I’ve been like this all my life…but when I needed to master something, you can bet I was like a dog with a bone!
    BTW, reading the book and getting good stuff from it. Have the kindle version so have to take some time to print some of the worksheets as old-school works better for me in these cases.

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    1. Nancy, I am so glad you’re getting something out of the book. I’m old school as well – it was one of the key reasons I went the not-just-ebook route (even though I actually make more money selling the ebook version). I’d love if you’d do a review on-line about the book when you’re done. (More reviews moves you “up in the algorithms”!) And yes, I think you are also a Modern Day Renaissance Woman too!

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  7. Hello Pat,
    i will add another letter to MDRW/M. How about “Almost” or “Developing”? So we would have AMDRW or DMDRW. The reduction of words to letters is a modern trend that sometimes gives me a boggled mindset. You kindly at least told the readers what these stand for. After reading your article I decided that I am “almost” there. I am not good at consistent physical fitness, but I do work a lot more now with my hands doing pottery and tons of gardens. It took me a while to be comfortable with tolerating discomfort in both of these activities. I read everyday, and love travel and learning new languages. However, I also have to do more to disconnect from social media! Today is a good day to start!

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    1. Since a Modern Day Renaissance Woman is all about growth, I don’t think you need to add in developing or almost. I think you are there! And I started to use the letter reduction because I kept spelling Renaissance wrong as I type! LOL

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    1. Donna, You would think I would like a term like polymath with my technical background. I was surprised to hear it used just the other day describing someone… it’s nice to have a new word in my vocabulary at least.

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