Can We Lose Ourselves in Adapting? | by Shannon D. Smith | The Unscripted | Apr, 2024

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When adapting becomes your whole identity, how do you find your way back?

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I was in a meeting in preparation for our business unit’s retreat.

We were discussing how to read our behavioral reports.

I asked a question about what does it mean when one of your factors are towards the middle.

The reply was that a factor towards the middle would indicate tendency to fluctuate between the two extremes.

As a result people may find it difficult to read you in that area.

Hmm ???? I thought. It explained a lot.

“I feel like I’ve been adapting so long that I’ve lost the essence of my true preferences,” I said.

Having been raised in a strict religious family, married at 21, a mother shortly after, and divorced by 31, there simply wasn’t any room for my desires. The rigidity of the workforce only compounded this feeling.

What was heart-warming was a colleague reached out to me after the meeting and thanked me for sharing.

She said:

You words resonated so much with me. It applies to so many aspects of life. I’m taking that thought with me. It’s a profound observation. Thanks for saying it.

…Her words will stay with me as well.

My solution is simple: I’m pursuing projects that ignite my curiosity and rekindles my child-like joy.

That joy is my key to reconnecting with the “essence of my preferences” and it is my hope that I will impact the lives of others along the way.

I’m Shannon, a multi-passionate working mom, who loves coffee☕, documentaries ????️and the history channel????!

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