One of the things I have struggled with in the past is the whole idea of identity. Who am I. I know that identity means a lot of things for a lot of people.
I figured out who I am in myself – faith, family, personality, how I interact with the world. I’m just beginning to work out who I am vocationally.
It’s been said in the past that I should be a preacher, but let’s be honest, if I can’t shepherd myself, how could I shepherd a flock! Organised religion aside, there’s other things that I’m not. To be honest, I’ve been working on a leadership journey in my organisation for the last 5 or so years. You know where the journey has taken me? It’s taken me to realise that I’m not a leader. It’s taken me ages to realise that I’m totally cool with that, too.
The world is littered with stories of drastic, life-changing u-turns. Dramatic conversions to faith. Wealthy giving it all away for a simple life. Estranged families re-uniting. We all have our favourite stories of people doing u-turns.
It would be a lie to say I’m doing a drastic u-turn at the moment. It’s more like a 50-point turn. Some might say that’s just life. What I do see is that what I’ve been striving for (working to be a leader in my organisation) really isn’t me. I’m doing writing, both professionally and for pleasure. It’s strange. It’s exciting. It’s fulfilling. It’s frustrating. It’s definitely changing direction.
I’m interested in hearing your story. I’m keen on hearing if you’ve taken a u-turn in your life. Has your vocation taken a u-turn? Have you u-turned in your faith, or your family? In your life direction. How has it turned out for you? What lead you to the decision – was it out of necessity, curiosity or something else? How did you go about changing direction?