On Being Well-Rounded

I have been thinking about this idea of being a well-rounded person as of late.  I have put out the idea of a jack-of-all-trades at one point in time on here, and  I definitely feel like this is something good to be.  I hate it that there are certain things I’m completely not good at.  I have tried to be successful at certain aspects of car repair.  I can do certain things.  I’ve changed my oil, replaced bulbs, replaced mirrors  after they have been knocked off living in the district, and replaced my headlight when someone backed into my car when parking.  However, the car still manages to run with all of these aspects breaking.  When it comes to major repairs, I’m at the will of the masses.  The same thing goes with home repair.  I can do a few minor things, and I feel really good when I do something slightly more than minor, but I am at a loss with so many things.  I had a broken toilet a few months ago, and I paid a guy over $100 to do something that took him 20 minutes max.  I need to be more well-rounded in many aspects of my life.  There are, however, parts of my life that make me feel like I’m not at a total loss.

Sports I know a lot of people like sports, but I try to do my best to not only watch sports, but also, stay active and involved in them as well.  I have a lot of sports that I like.  I follow football (Eagles), hockey (Capitals), and baseball (Phillies) regularly.  I have more of a problem enjoying basketball, and I tend to only watch soccer during the major events.  I have an appreciation for golf and tennis although I don’t really follow them.  I seriously love the tour-de-France during the summer. I really don’t try to descriminate too much when it comes to viewing sports.  I have, however, also a really big love for playing sports.  I have played hockey now for the past 4 years or so.  It’s a group of guys I managed to find after my brother gave me our collective equipment from high school after he joined the Coast Guard.  We play two seasons a year, and we have managed to be champions three times thus far.  I have also taken up golf in the last year or two.  I know that is a little bit more of an old man sport, but I enjoy it quite a bit.  I’m not really all that great at it just yet, but any sport you can drink beer while playing can’t be bad.

A few race medals

Exercise – I was thinking about grouping exercise into sports, but I don’t think they are exactly the same.  I know people who play and watch sports, but they never actually exercise for the sake of exercising.  This became really important to me about three years ago.  I was overweight and needing to make a change.  I joined a gym and took 15-20 lbs off in one summer.  Especially with beer blogging taking over, I have managed to put back on some of that weight, but I am still exercising and looking to do another transformation.  Just this past year I ran in a 10k, a 10 miler, and in March I’ll run my first half marathon.  Growing up I hated running.  I always told people running isn’t a sport; it’s something you are forced to do in a sport as a punishment for doing something wrong.  I have been fairly amazed at my ability to run long distances.  Just this past weekend we ran 11 miles while training for the half-marathon.  I have been biking far longer than I have been running.  My Dad gave me his road bike a few years ago, and I’ve had some pretty good times on that.  The longest I have ridden is 40 miles.  That’s from my house in DC to Mount Vernon Va and back.  Lately I’ve been running far more than I’ve been biking, but biking season is coming up.

Reading – The amount that I read has really taken a hit as of late.  I typically read 20 or so books a year, but I spend all my reading time writing for this now.  So, I actually need to work on being a little more well-rounded in this aspect.  I do like to be well read for the most part.  I enjoy reading a lot of different genres of literature.  I enjoy getting into a classic, a piece of nonfiction, or even something like science fiction.  The current book I’m in the middle of I’ve been reading for quite a while now.  Like I said, I end up on here a lot; however, I tend to read quite a few young adult books.  I teach middle school, and I like to try and read some of the books I know they will be checking out.  After finishing The Hunger Games, I decided to see what else was out there.  I came upon Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  It’s an interesting book that takes strange pictures and creates a story around them.  Sounded pretty interesting to me.

I doubt I really need to talk about my love for beer and music, but obviously if you are here you can tell that.  I tend to focus so much on this blog on beer and music that I want to stress that I do a lot of other stuff.  I wish I was even more well-rounded, but for now, I feel pretty good about where I’m at.  My interests have even helped me get my writing into gear as well.  As I keep getting older I only feel even more like I need to keep figuring out more ways to keep myself busy.

Next up homebrewing!


1 Comment

  1. Totally with you on this, and good luck in all your endeavors. In the words of Heinlein: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    It’s something I struggle with as well, if only because I like to dig deep on a subject once I become interested in it. I’ve made something of a career out of that process, and I do it in different contexts, but I’ve never gone quite as broad as Heinlein suggests. Perhaps I’ll settle for being a queen of a bunch of trades. Eh, queen? I need to rethink this.

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