Just because you can do a bunch of things doesn't mean that you are a bunch of things.
Hello. Welcome to Vagabond land
In the film "Sea of Love" there is a scene in which Al Pacino plays two conflicting actions at the same time. He does it so smoothly that only another actor, probably, would notice. I was once rehearsing a play when a director asked me to do the same sort of thing. I said "only Al Pacino can do that." It's very tricky business. It's not quite as difficult as juggling three oranges while sewing a button on a shirt, but it's close.
I believe there really are exceptional people who can hold more than one idea in their heads at the same time. We sometimes think we're doing that when we are just going back and forth from one to the other rapidly. But to actually allow the brain to consider more than one idea concurrently seems magical to me.
I am sometimes curios, when I step back from my own thinking, to consider the fact that we live in such a linear way. All we are really aware of is the present, the strange condition that disappears as fast as it comes. Yes, we have memories and hopes, but we live our lives in a line. It is in those moments of mental clarity that I come close to recognizing myself. I realize that all the tasks I perform, the problems I solve and the questions I answer do not define who I really am. We are not our jobs or our titles.
Nehru says "What we really are matters more than what others think of us." And what we really are is a very difficult thing to describe. Even to ourselves. It's the big question, the big search. But we get sidetracked from the search by all the things we have to do in life, the living. And then we get labeled: He's a baker. She's a bookkeeper. She's a lawyer. He's a cop. None of those things describe "what we really are" but those are the ways others think of us. And if we do "a bunch of things" then what? How do you label someone who is busy with a lot of activities?
A few days ago I wrote a piece here where I mentioned that Peter Falk was an artist. Why should that have been surprising to some? Why is it strange that a person who does one thing very well should also do something else very well? It's because of those labels.
I am a retired actor who writes and paints. What am I? I am a human being. How do I make a living? I live.
DB - Vagabond
What is life? Make it up as you go along.