I’ve been an astrologer for a long time. I’ve been a blogger for a long time. But I haven’t always focused upon blogging about astrology. I have Mercury in Sagittarius and my mind tends to wander from specialty to specialty. One day I’m a fashion expert. The next day I’m a fitness expert. The day after that, I’m a gardening expert. And the next day I’m an astrology expert.
But I turned fifty-two years old last week. That’s plenty of time to pick up a few specialties on the way. So, I’ve decided to stop apologizing about my lack of focus. Instead, I’m going to highlight my ability to develop expertise in a variety of subjects. I just profiled Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton.” Where would he be if he decided that he was just a singer, or just a dancer, or just a writer, etc.?
While I’m on this path, I’m also going to resolve to stop disparaging the work of other astrologers (there’s a new moon today, so I would probably make some sort of resolution one way or the other). I’ve written a couple of bitchy posts lately about some of the shitty things I’ve read both online and in print magazines, but I don’t want to be that guy. Over the weekend, I stumbled across a couple of Twitter fights between other astrologers, and they all seemed so petty and immature. I have a rock-solid resumé as an astrology writer and I know what I’ve accomplished. I don’t need to get into a pissing contest with people half my age.
I regret even posting those bitchy comments, but I’m not going to go back and delete them because they just prove that I’m human. I ridiculed one astrologer whose “sunshine and light” prose left me scratching my head, but maybe I need a little more sunshine in my life. Or maybe not. Who knows? The funny thing is that many of those feuding on Twitter post florid words of encouragement one minute, and then nasty comments the next. I want to believe that I have more self-awareness than that.
I guess I’m ahead of the game if I recognize my failings as a human being (and my limitations as an astrologer), and just move forward down this path I’ve chosen without malice and/or jealousy leading the way. I’ll be that superficial guy who can’t pass up the opportunity to crack a joke when the universe provides me with the opportunity. That’s good enough for me.
I apologize to anyone I may have offended.