Career opportunities are often a matter of chance, but also of a willingness to cross interdisciplinary boundaries.
Recently, my family and I visited Las Casitas village in Puerto Rico, which features an 'infinity pool'. When you enter the pool, you see the blue ocean behind it meshing smoothly with the pool's water surface as well as with the blue sky above it (pictured). The boundaries between these entities are blurred, leaving the viewer with a sense of freedom to navigate through the continuum of blended shades of blue. This relaxing view led me to the realization that much of the tension in our professional life originates from boundaries, protected by gatekeepers that limit access across them. In my personal case, I was fortunate to cross the boundary between the humanities and sciences thanks to the kindness of a few gatekeepers. The pool of opportunities is infinite, and the talents of an individual can be realized equally well in completely different disciplines. Creative freedom is all about adopting the infinity pool's point of view, blurring the significance of interdisciplinary boundaries and continuing to create professionally despite the 'localized' opinions of some gatekeepers.