Are you a multipotentialite?

Emilie Wapnick talks to TED about why some of us don’t have one true calling. The answer? Because we may be a multipotentialite. Someone with various interests and passions, rather than just one thing which they want to pursue above all else.

For a few years now, I’ve thought of myself as confused and unsure of what to do with my life, peppered with the anxiety that I have to find that one true calling. Feeling like time is ticking on and I haven’t found “it” yet. Someone asks what I do and I whisper, “I don’t really know”.

Nearly a year has passed since I wrote a bit more here and if I stop for too long I will wonder what I’ve “achieved” in that time. I have been so plagued by the thought that I need to make “it” a success that I have been effectively paralysed and unable to just take a step.

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So I’m going to try a new approach.

I’ve had handful of ideas. Things that I may like to do. Things that I’d like to try. But the moment I start thinking about it, I back away. Scared that I won’t be able to make it work. That it will be the “wrong thing”. But how can I know that until I’ve tried? And what if I really may be a multipotentialite?

What if I’m meant to do lots of things with my life to feel like I’ve made it matter? Because at the end of the day, I think that’s what I’m aiming for. One day will be our last. That much is for sure. We almost certainly don’t know when that one day is and so we can’t prepare for it. But whenever my one day comes, I’d like whoever is left behindto be able to say, “she had a good run”. That I did something that made my life count.

So, in Emilie’s words, I’m going to follow my curiosity down the rabbit holes. And I may write a little bit about them too. Just in case you’d want to read it.

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2 thoughts on “Are you a multipotentialite?

  1. Hey. I read this a few weeks ago, but I just re-read your blog post and re-listened to the excellent and thought-provoking TED talk to which you linked, and I just want to say thank you for writing this – it has really resonated with me. I have always struggled with the question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” as there were (and hopefully still are) so many things I could do – still now, I am not sure!! What I do know is that pursuing a single track career did not make me happy; I think I am a multipotentialite and I think discussing and considering a varied career is worth exploring not only for me but in the way I talk to my young child. I have noticed already that people see a skill in him and say “oh maybe he’ll be an engineer… or a chef…or a builder” and my response is “yes, maybe he will be one or all of those things and more, as long as he’s happy and exploring what he enjoys”. Let’s unlock the potential in ourselves and our children and think broadly and inclusively to build a happier, authentic community of people who listen and live in tune with their own internal wiring.

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