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This is the Age of Many Hats

pssst - keep this under your hatI was just reading an interview with a blogger named Rose who mentioned wearing “many hats.” In her case, “wife, mother, respite worker, proud shih-tzu owner, blogger, published poet, freelance writer, as well as the owner and administrator of todayswriting.com and bloggertalk.net.” This got me to thinking about my own life and yours too. In fact, it got me thinking about how the wearing of “many hats” is a trend.


I don’t know if you’d call the wearing of many hats good or bad, or even new. My grandfather (one of my greatest heroes) was a carpenter, tool-and-die guy for Holly Carburetor, volunteer firefighter (chief, in fact), farmer, one-time store owner, Deacon, husband, Dad, and grandfather. He also fought in a war and tinkered with tractors. Like I said – one of my heroes.

What hats do I think I wear? Well, I’m first and foremost a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. I’m also a husband, father, Pastor (and thereby a counselor, public speaker, chaplain, etc.), web designer, blogger and writer. I’m on a few boards and committees and I think I’m a decent cook when I’m in the mood. Oh… pet owner. It’s all good and fun. It mixes together at times. I find purpose in all of it.

My wife is a wife (of course), a Mom, a teacher (by trade), social worker (by education, experience, and credentials), occasional blogger, Sunday School teacher, Awana leader, ladies ministry leader and sometimes speaker, and she’s pregnant. I’m not sure how you label the “pregnant” hat, but it’s quite an important one. She’s also an all-around wonderful person to be around!

What about you? I’d like to get to know you by your hats. What hats do you wear? Don’t worry, you’re not bragging, you’re sharing because I’ve asked (feel free to throw in a link or two also)…

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  • http://zebida.com/main Hesham

    Very nice post Brandon, I like that expression of wearing many hats when I read Rose’s interview!

    Congratulations for your new hat, for sure it’s a strange feeling, I am not a father yet but I believe it’s the most exiting thing will happen to you in your life :)
    .-= Hesham´s last blog ..Is your Kid a Computer Geek? =-.

  • http://www.sharp-end-training.co.uk/blog Jonathan

    Nice post – the trick is learning how to put on and take off different hats at different times of the day/week/month etc…

    Thats the tricky bit
    .-= Jonathan´s last blog ..Did Heston save the Little Chef? =-.

  • http://www.booksaboutpeace-diggingdeeper.blogspot.com Gloria

    We are many faceted, as we are made in the image our our creator. Wearing many hats is a sign of Joy. We may re-create ourselves at anytime, because, even genetically we are predisposed to do so, But additionally we are made up of many many generations of ancestors, all of whom are in our bones. When led by either Joy or by necessity, we have access to so much wisdom, as far back as creation. We can either wear all hats at the same time or one by one.
    We are first children, then parents, then grandparents, then caretakers, perhaps of our own parents. We are artists, and musicians, mathematicians, and writers. We are healers, and gardeners, policemen and teachers, and the list goes on. It is our birthright, and we should rejoice in it.

  • http://rosedesrochers.todays-woman.net Rose

    Thanks for the mention. It is nice to know I’m the inspiration for your post. I enjoyed reading what hats you wear.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Where did santa get all those elves =-.