My constant frustration is the fact that I am interested in far more things than I think I have time for. Recently I came across some calligraphy that I was fooling around with earlier this year. It’s not particularly good, but maybe not too bad for an amateur. Calligraphy is an art that I have loved for a long time. Never getting quite as close to it as I would like, but tinkering from time to time in hopes that I can achieve a bit more skill, or use my current limited skill to some greater purpose than simply satisfying my own curiosity. The thing with calligraphy is that it’s very time consuming. But is there room for yet another hobby. I have spent almost the entire day practicing calligraphy to the point where my fingers ache. The sort of ache I had with the first guitar I picked up. Sort of like the first few days learning Python, or Ruby, or C#. My fingers ached then too. Photography holds center stage, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. When I first started, it too took a huge amount of time. From learning the basics to learning a new camera (then a Konica Minolta D5?) to processing images. A tiny bit more experience and a good workflow tool (Bibble5) have made the whole process a lot more efficient, but I’m not sure there’s room for another time consuming hobby.
However the fact of the matter is, it may already be too late. The decision may have already been made, and I will simply have to carve out time from somewhere to satisfy another itch. Bitter sweet.
Can a person be a jack of all trades and master of only one?