Mr. Wanderlust shared with me the link to Emilie Wapnick’s brilliant TED talk approximately a year ago, and I watched it with fascination. Finally, I was introduced to the one label for which I had been searching for the majority of my life, a word to describe me and confirm that it is more than okay to have a myriad interests. Growing up, I was simultaneously interested in singing and dancing; I wanted to learn to play the harp (something I’m working on now); I loved to draw and paint; I loved crafts — any crafts — and used to spend my evenings after school knitting, cross stitching, and designing and sewing prom dresses for my friends. I also have always enjoyed writing and started to freelance for local publications when I was in my teens. I’ve loved yoga and fitness since I was first introduced to them at 10 years of age.
Friends of my parents would comment that one must be careful and specific about the choice of a university major. After all, this would be my career for the rest of my life. I didn’t listen. Their advice didn’t sound right to me. I have continued to explore my many interests and have embraced my true nature as a — now that I have a title for it — multipotentialite. These days, in addition to being a blogger and yoga instructor, I also have a full-time corporate ‘bread and butter’ job that allows me to financially contribute to our family lifestyle. I wake up early in the morning to dedicate an hour to yoga and other forms of fitness (both physical and mental). In the evenings and on weekends, I read, write, practise playing the Celtic harp, knit or cross stitch while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, and I love colouring with Wanderlust Juniors.
I’m contented with my life and our family dynamics, despite the inevitable challenges that come with the role of a working parent. Yet, as is often the case with creative people within the corporate environment, I sometimes doubt whether I am in the right field and whether I’m allowing myself to fully explore my potential. As I contemplated this question the other day, I decided to look a bit more closely at Ms. Wapnick’s writing and found a great post in which she addresses this exact question.
I have previously been through what Wapnick calls the Sequential Approach / work model No. 4, moving from role to role in one company, then another. I am currently at the Einstein Approach / work model No. 3, which allows me to focus on one day job while leaving a bit of time in the evenings to focus on my passions.
The next question, however, is how to choose from among my many interests when I only have an hour or two in the evening after Wanderlust Juniors have gone to bed. Decisions, decisions…
If you are a multipotentialite, how would you best describe your current work situation? How do you make time for your many interests? Please leave a comment below.
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