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73. Flibbertigibbet (Empathy, Lent 14)

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Some people seem to flit from one thing to another, without settling down, seeming not to take any one thing too seriously. As someone who never does things by halves, I have always found this hard to empathise with. So it’s a good exercise for me to try to do that today as part of our Lent series on turning the tables.

It’s not that I can’t stick at things, I just get really, really bored. And unlike a lot of people, I’m honest with myself about that, and about wanting to get more out of life. I guess really it is that I am a kind of explorer. I do like to go deeply into subjects or activities, but once I’ve mined them or mapped them out, made sense of them, it’s time for me to move on. I have an insatiable curiosity. I want to know what things feel like, what makes different groups of people tick, and I want to try most things: experiences, languages, cuisines, cultures. People call me flighty but I am just fully alive to all the different ways of being. I need to figuratively roll them around on my tongue and see how they taste, and then on to the next.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017