As nice as it is to be open and honest with those closest to me, I sometimes think it’s important to have a little something up my sleeve. Not in an evil, plotting sort of way, but more in a ‘surprise! look what I just did!’ way. I feel like it keeps me on my toes and interesting.
It’s so easy to get stuck on a narrow path of your career or expertise and to always think that those peripheral goals are unattainable. But it’s important to recognize those dream on the outskirts, for instance wanting to learn how to sail, to learn another language, or to paint a still life. Those small little voids in you that you wish were more fulfilled are fill-able.
This spring my top-secret project is already underway, and at first I didn’t tell a soul. It made it easier for me to take my mission seriously, because I didn’t have to feel ridiculous saying it out loud. I didn’t give myself the opportunity to laugh at what I was doing.
I also was trying to preempt the naysayers from getting in my head. However, once I got going, my new skill was so exciting to me that I told a handful of people. None of them reacted like I was afraid they would, and they all thought it was a kind of neat endeavor.
Now, I still haven’t told everyone because the thought of surprising people with my new skill is motivating, and I can’t wait for the finished product. I’ve been so happy with the experience that I plan on making top-secret projects a mainstay in my life.