All the Answers in the World
I’ve always thought people have multiple selves – meaning your actions and reactions vary based on people and settings. It’s hard to be one personality all the time. For example my “personal self” loves horoscopes. A horoscope or fortune is a slight glimmer of hope of what might come tomorrow, or at least a positive placebo. My “work self” would not admit my guilty-pleasure-like love of horoscopes (but apparently I just did). A horoscope, something that predicts the future, is silly and fairly juvenile. But sometimes life feels scattered and so undefined; sometimes I DO want to know what to do with my life.
I had only lived in Seattle for a month when I started working at thinkspace, a coworking community in Redmond. My horoscope said to write the word “creator” on my business card, and synonyms of that word. Then, turn the card over and write “May 2013,” and wait. Was this a silly gesture? Of course it was silly and nonsensical. But I didn’t just want to know what would happen…I NEEDED to know. The words that I wrote as synonyms on the card were: architect, designer, founder, originator, author, initiator, generator, and inventor. These are words with so much gusto and big meaning, words that aren’t thrown around lightly. These are the words that describe entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are people that do what they want because they believe in what they are doing. Doors will be slammed in your face, phone calls will go un-returned, and rejection is inevitable. So what keeps entrepreneurs creating, inventing, and originating? It’s the hope of knowing that what’s around the corner will be their legacy and their mark on the world.
This is cooler than any of my horoscopes! You were meant to be in an environment full of creativity, invention and originality (entrepreneur world)! 🙂
Thanks Sami. I never would have guessed this career path was ahead of me. I’m constantly impressed by all of the ambitious entrepreneurs and startups out there. Seattle just draws everyone in!
Hope is a powerful thing, and it’s definitely one of the biggest appeals of horoscopes. Those silly bits of inspiring wisdom provide us with comfort and create self-fulfilling prophecies. According to my yearly horoscope, it’s going to be a good year, and so it will be! Here’s to hoping.
Here’s to the placebo effect Renee!
Annie Vander Pol
Yea for your first post! Very well written, Jamie. You’re voice shines through 🙂
And it’s no surprise to me that your horoscope. states that you are an architect, designer, founder, originator, author, initiator, generator, and inventor!! I see those things daily.
Just write it down and it happens. Sometimes, when I write stuff down I start to think, uh oh, watch out, it’s going to happen now. Happens. Every. Time. (just may not be on your timeline!)