Leslie Knope is probably the best character in the history of comedy and humankind! Kidding, but that’s probably how she’d describe her favorite character, with passion bordering idolatry.
I came to know Leslie Knope during my second maternity leave. After all the helping hands and train meals stopped coming I turned to Netflix for company and found the jewel called Parks and Rec. Since then, I have watched the entire show 2 or 3 times and often turn to it when I need background noise while cleaning or thinking.
It was during a recent thinking day that it hit me, I love Leslie Knope! I love her stubborn passion, I love her determination, I love her pioneering spirit, I love the goodness she sees in people, I love her relentlessness, I love how much fight she has in her. I want to be like Leslie Knope.
There have been times in my career when I have been there; hyper focused, uber motivated, super energized, unshakable, unmovable, so committed to a dream and a vision, I can hardly sleep. Those are my Leslie Knope times. My passion is infectious and I can sell ice to an eskimo. I am on top of my game and on top of the world.
Then there are times when things go dark; my compass finds no north, I feel adrift and question the meaning of everything I do. I am sure this is true for many fields. In my world one day I am bridging gaps and coming up with award-worthy ideas; the next day I am a lone fighter defending a logo. How consequential can that be?
While sitting in that funky place Leslie reminded me of 3 important truths in my life:
- If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care
- If I come on too strong, it’s because I feel strongly
- And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough
I have to stop apologizing to myself for my passion and the frustration that comes with it. And to quote Leslie one last time: “I’m big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.”
Have a fantastic weekend!