Whether you are aware of it or not, you may have already witnessed the unfurling existence of what is commonly referred to as “a slasher”.
Rather unlike the violent imagery evoked by this onomatopoeic millennialism, the word “slasher” designates a person with their fingers in many different pies and their foot (or rather, feet) in quite a few doors. A slasher is essentially a ‘Jack of all trades’ (or Jackie, if you believe that being splendidly multi-talented is NOT just a masculine trait).
Slashers are all over your Linkedin feed, most commonly featuring with headlines such as “Life coach/Journalist/Wellness Instructor/DJ”. They almost always resemble fairly normal people, and upon noticing their Linkedin headline you can’t help but imagine them living a sort of double/triple life, in a minimalistic but trendy apartment where they twist themselves into yoga positions every morning before heading to their first day job and kicking ass. They are impressive. It’s all in the headline.
So why be a slasher? And should we all hop onto this bandwagon of life counsellors cum script writers?
‘Slashing’, it appears, is the perfect way to stay young and free, forever. If you have a hobby that you adore, it doesn’t have to be a hobby; rather another section in your Linkedin profile or personal website, an asset you can incorporate into your career. You can do all of the things you love, without having to worry about people judging you for not ‘specialising’ (I mean really, what does that word even mean anymore?).
By being a slasher, you are showing the world that you will not stoop to being a label on a jar. You will not be reduced to a file, fit only to be laid in a neatly organised draw. You can be three, maybe four labels, a dozen files that are each so complex and confusing that all the world’s filing systems are entirely unable to decide on where you go. You have no place. You belong where you want to be. You don’t need to ‘specialise’ and you certainly don’t need direction.
Being a slasher can, therefore, be liberating. In a world where many job descriptions require 5-10 years of overtly specified experience that (let’s be honest) nobody really has, you, the slasher, may choose to cut the strings and live outside the box. You can try acting for a while, and if that doesn’t work you can write a script (look at Matt Damon and what that got him. Here’s a hint: his entire career).
However, there are downsides to this seemingly picture perfect- way of life. You now have to think long and hard about how to brand yourself, and which paths to pursue. Should you even be branding yourself, your inner outlier asks? But we all must be branded, all surrounded with words and phrases until the essence of our beings can be distilled and better comprehended by the employers of this world, or the people we so like to surround ourselves with. So what will you be? Who will you be? And what will you focus on tomorrow, next month, next year?
Every rose has its thorn. If you are prepared, like many brave souls, to get out your pocket notebook and mindmap your existence, your brand and your vision until your pencil grinds to dust, slashing is for you. Slashing is your future. Slashing will help you soar and you won’t leave behind a single thing that you love because it will all be part of the journey. But if not? Hop onto path you love the most and cross your fingers very, very tightly.