Is it better to be a jack of all trades or a master of one?
It’s a question with valid arguments on either side, and it’s one I’ve been thinking about recently after trying out one more new thing this week.
I took my first ballet class with Crystal River Ballet at the Launchpad after being inspired by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ fantastic Dancers Dancing showcase.
Dance has always mesmerized me, and it’s been a dream since childhood to take ballet, but the timing hasn’t worked out in my life until now.
When I think about the groups I’ve joined or new things I’ve tried since moving to the valley — pottery, banjo, an introduction to law class through CMC, Symphony in the Valley — I feel pretty accomplished.
Until I remember that I’m far from a master at any of it.
But it makes sense for a journalist to get her feet wet in a wide variety of activities rather than focus on getting excellent at one. That’s a requirement of the job; we have to be comfortable talking with people — often experts — about a whole slew of subjects. I’ve written articles about electricity aggregation or road construction, and the next day I’d have to interview the director of a dance company about how subatomic particles inspired his modern choreography.
All of those are real-life examples.
I’m very rarely an expert on the topic I need to write about, but I always learn enough to ask the right questions and tell the most complete story possible.
So, this ballet class might not turn me into a great dancer in the end. I’ll probably never be the next Earl Scruggs. And I know for certain now that law school just isn’t for me.
But who knows how much more comfortable I’ll feel the next time I need to interview a dancer or banjo player or write about legal issues?
I guess in my line of work, being a jack of all trades isn’t such a bad thing.
It’s First Friday in Carbondale, and as usual, there’s a ton for you to do. Hang out on Main Street for a family block party featuring games, crafts and a bounce house for the little kids and food and drink, a silent auction, live music from hell Roaring String Band and a Lulubelle Fashion Show at 7 p.m. for the big kids. This is also a fantastic opportunity to say your farewells to the public art statues and sculptures around town, as a new dozen will be put up by the Public Arts Commission in June. If you want to see even more art, stop by The Launchpad and the Carbondale Clay Center, or just stroll up and down Main Street and peek into the many galleries Carbondale has to offer.
Head up to Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) in Glenwood for a barbecue, $40 adoption fees and other fun from noon to 3 p.m. Students from Glenwood Springs High School’s (co)studio class have built shelters and dog houses for the CARE pups and to auction off to the public. Check out the fruits of their labor, and maybe find a new member of the family.
Support the Glenwood Springs Lions Club at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School for family fun, entertainment and lots of laughs with donkey basketball. Adults can participate for $10, students 7-12 for $5 and children 6 or younger for free. All proceeds will benefit the Lions Club’s mission to solve eyesight and vision problems.
Jessica Cabe can’t wait to find her next new hobby. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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