After many weeks of losing sleep, shedding tears and feeling disheartened about my indecisiveness towards my future, I finally had an ‘A-ha!’ moment.
Like many, I turned to my good old friend Google for some advice. I tapped away at numerous searches, asking ‘what to do when you have too many interests’ or ‘I cannot choose one career path’ or even more demoralizing; ‘I don’t know what I want to do with my life’.
I stumbled across Emilie Wapnick’s website, Puttylike, a home for multipotentialites. In her words, a multipotentialite is ‘a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life’. As I read on, I could feel a shift within my body, the anxiety began to subside and I realised that I am not alone. Like many others, we feel as if we cannot commit to one pathway. We have too many interests, too many creative endeavours to pursue, too many skills that we cannot apply to just one discipline.
Heavily frowned upon within the social norm, we try to suppress our multitude of interests. We experiment with focusing on one, but soon get bored and have an innate desire to try something new. Whilst this boredom may be viewed as flakiness, inability to focus or lack of ambition, it is more about growth and accepting that we have learnt enough from that venture and are moving on to the next.
You see, we thrive on learning new skills. We like to solve problems in an innovative way by bringing separate ideas together and creating something totally unique. We love to explore, follow our curiosity and in that sense we can pick up new skills incredibly fast.
As Wiki clearly states, a multipotentialite is “an educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.”
This multipotentiality I once saw as a curse is now being viewed as a blessing. I can follow my heart and live in a way that is in line with my true nature. Without restricting myself I can accept that I am going to embark on many journeys, pursue an array of interests and once I am finished, I can take those lessons and begin something new.
I can embrace that I am not just somebody who is still figuring it out, I am someone who is embracing her talents and creating a life around all of my passions.
I am not just an ‘Artist’ I am a blogger, freelance Photographer, an English Tutor, a workshop facilitator and an illustrator. And dare I stop the list there, I am sure there will be subtractions and additions over the upcoming weeks, months and even years. But that is how a multipotentialite works. We learn, we grow and we move on.
Watch Emilie’s Inspirational TEDX Talk here