My girlfriend and I possess many differences. However, one of our most petty of differences is the one that makes me the most frustrated. Whenever we are walking to get somewhere, it’s always a sprint for her.
I on the other hand enjoy casually strolling along the sidewalk, kicking the rocks at my feet, while observing the yellow cabs honk and fly down Chicago’s Clark street, and staring at the gray pigeons peck at the solid concrete.
It’s the same story in any situation. She rushes through the airport, speeds through the hotel check in and drags me along to make sure we see every attraction and monument on her list.
I drag my feet and rather enjoy flicking away at my Kindle at the airport, creating a conversation with her in the hotel line and more thoroughly soaking in a smaller amount of sights on our list.
I’m a collector and she is a seeker. At least that’s my way of analyzing the situation.
However, I realized that these two classifications can relate to the personalities and tendencies in life and while writing.
Both types of people have their strengths and weaknesses and it helps to realize these pros and cons to further push us along our journeys and accomplish our goals.
- Observe their surroundings more thoroughly
- Embrace small things in life
- Are more sensitive towards other people
- Seek a depth of knowledge
- In touch with all his or her senses
- Less concerned about time
- Can be disorganized
- May be less concerned about achieving benchmarks
- May be more introverted and more content in their own world, as opposed to working with others (Clarification on this point – I don’t really see this as a weakness, rather an obstacle I have experienced, where our society often considers introverts as being less social and therefore less capable to get work done in groups. However, introverts are just as capable, they just perform tasks in different ways to get the job done. I still think it is important to understand this attribute about yourself and prepare for the “prejudices” that may create obstacles. Thanks to Sophie Cussen for helping me out with this.)
- Decision making is not a priority
- Can let emotions get in the way of actual work
- Everything is very well planned out
- Sets goals and typically achieves them
- A strong decision maker – typically using hard data and information to act
- Misses out on experiences that require them to slow down
- Likes to be in control of all situations – might be more difficult to work with other people
- May be less in tune with their senses, not absorbing information that may help them with their writing
- Perfectionism may prove to be inefficient
These assumptions are obviously in no way scientifically based, but accumulated from my own observations of myself and the people around me.
However, it is important to recognize our strengths and weaknesses to excel in life.
Pride in one’s strengths produces results, while recognition of one’s weaknesses provides truth, especially when writing. Truth to communicate a real representation of the world around us.
Are you a collector, seeker or a little bit of both? (Feel free to let me know if my observations are way off!)
See ya next time…