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!