Is variety really the spice of life?

Variety is the spice of life, or so they say, but sometimes I worry that I take it too literally.

I was out with some friends a couple of weeks ago that I haven’t seen for a while. I was talking about a new job I’d recently started working on, and saying how nice it was to be doing something that got me out of the house and into an office with other people.

“You’re a bit like that though aren’t you?” one of them said.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Well you know, a bit fickle,  always wanting to move on to something new.”

It wasn’t meant as an insult, just a fact, but it got me thinking.

It’s true of course that I do like to try new things, and get bored very quickly. It was less than a year ago after all since I was handing in notice my from an office job, and thinking how nice it would be to be able to stay at home and not see other people.

What I can’t quite get my head round though is whether this is a Good or a Bad Thing. Most of the time I try to put a positive spin on it – I like new challenges, it’s good to try new things etc etc – but other times I feel slightly ashamed of myself for not just being able to pick a job or a house or a hobby and stick to it.

I’m totally behind the idea that if you’re not getting what you want, not feeling fulfilled, you often need to just move on, but at what point does that go from being a healthy acceptance of change to something a little more compulsive? Is my apparent inability to commit to something long-term a weakness, or a sign of courage, strength of character, and a desire not to ‘settle’ for what I know isn’t quite right?

It frustrates me – one minute being totally content with a situation, and the next feeling sick of it. How can something make me smile one minute, and yawn the next?

So fickle am I in fact, that I’m bored of writing this already. I think I might go off instead and open a coffee shop or take up fencing or something…



  1. asterisk * photography
    27 July, 2012 / 12:44 am

    Open a coffee shop? Too much like hard work me thinks ;)

    As I’ve said before, everyone is different. Although in my case I’m actually the same. I go through “phases”. I get all excited about doing some project but then the enthusiasm wanes and I find myself looking for the next thing. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. But it can be frustrating for friends and family :) Kim*

  2. Mary
    27 July, 2012 / 5:33 am

    I don’t think it’s a bad thing… or a good thing. It’s just who you are, what you make of this personality trait turns it into a good or bad thing.

  3. rinsimpson
    27 July, 2012 / 10:37 am

    I really hate the word ‘should’ – the concept that there’s a ‘right’ way to be or to feel. You can’t help how you’re made. So long as you’re not hurting anyone else (e.g. if you were so busy flitting from one thing to another that you couldn’t earn enough money to feed your kids, or if you kept dropping employers in it by leaving them at a crucial point with work not yet finished) then you’re all good. Enjoy who you are! And for the record, I am EXACTLY like you…. :)

  4. 27 July, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    I’m a bit like that – maybe it’s ADHD! Whatever it is let’s try and spin it that we’re highly creative individuals who need constant stimulation rather that flittergibbets.

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