What do you want to be when you grow up?
Simple enough question.
When you ask a child this question, you get cute, simple answers. Ballerina. Police Officer. President. As adults, this very question can cause us some anxiety. Especially those of us who still don’t know what we want to be and we are grown up.
But as an adult, how does it make you feel?
I used to be jealous of people who seemed to have one true calling and were pursuing that calling to help others. My calling always seemed to change – right about the time I mastered it.
I am curious about a lot of different subjects. When I want to learn something, I read all I can on the internet, order books, watch videos, purchase classes, and then search for and get the equipment to accomplish it. Can you relate?
How many interests do you have?
In the creative arena in the past 10 years alone, I have pursued knitting, crochet, jewelry design, art (painting), quilting, batik dyeing, embroidery, weaving, sewing and spinning. I have a studio for painting and messes, a sewing studio for fabric and fiber, and an alcove for my desk and computer. My interests take up an entire floor of our house.
That’s just craft related. Let’s talk kitchen related – I have a piece of equipment for every endeavor I’ve thought was the greatest thing -milk frother, juicer, fondue maker, ice cream maker attachment for mixer, dehydrator, pasta maker, pressure cooker, french press, and the list goes on. I do use some of these occasionally, but most are stored away…
In the talk below, Emilie Wapnick talks about the value of having and pursuing many varied interests. It was a breath of fresh air for me, and my hope is it will be for you as well. I can now give myself some grace since I know there is a name for the way I’m wired.
I can totally relate to being a multipotentialite.
That’s her word for those of us with many, many interests. Multi-potential-ite.
And there is nothing wrong with us.
Who ever decided it was weird or wrong to have many interests and do many things well?
Probably my favorite take-away from the 12 minute talk is that it is not a waste of time to pursue something you are drawn to – even if you end up quitting. Why? Because you now have a new set of skills to apply to the next interest.
That is so true. The skills I learned in quilting, like press closed seams first and how to use a rotary cutter, completely transformed my clothes sewing. Painting skills help me visually with everything from quilting to the layout and photography of this blog.
Here’s the link to 12 minutes of goodness:
Having many interests makes us interesting. What was your favorite take-away from the video? Leave a comment about what you liked best.