Juggling Life as a Multipotentialite
Do you ever feel like you have so many plans and ideas, but no motivation to get any of them started? That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of months or so — and it shows in how much I’ve been updating my blog. I only realised in the last few days that I’ve posted only three times in TWO MONTHS. Two months!! That’s ridiculous.
It makes me frustrated because I spent a lot of time (maybe too longâ€¦) redesigning my blog from the ground up, but I’ve hardly been using it! Soâ€¦ why is that?
It’s not because I’m lazy… it’s actually because I want to do way too much. Let me explain by introducing you to the wonderful world of multipotentiality.
What the Heck is a Multipotentialite?
Have you heard of the term â€˜multipotentialite‘ (multi-potential-ite)? It was coined by Emilie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike, and is used to describe people who have passions in multiple things, no matter how unrelated those things might be. Here’s a better and more in-depth explanation from Emilie herself:
â€œA multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.
Multipotentialites have no â€œone true callingâ€ the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).
Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.
When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.â€
Multipotentiality is for people who don’t have a desire to follow any one path; for those who have interests in so many different areas and want to pursue every single one of them.
It’s for people like me.
As soon as I heard the term multipotentialite and listened to Emilie explain what it means, it instantly struck a chord with me. It was like she was describing me in every way. It was the epiphany I needed: I’m not lost. I’m not so bad at everything that I can’t pursue anything as a career. I’m a multipotentialite!
The Challenges of Multipotentiality
But being a multipotentialite comes with its challenges. Sometimes, I often think it would be easier to have that one passion that I want to follow; that one goal that I can work towards. I see people with a dream career who work their way through their goals, travelling down that very specific path, and are satisfied when they get there.
Instead, I’ve got a list of goals, a whole bunch of passions, and no desire to follow one of them in particular. Maybe it’s a good thing. It gives me variation, and it gives me so many things to explore and learn about. But it also means that I feel overwhelmed by the options, like I don’t have the time to get through them, and I sometimes wonder if I ever will!
That’s why my blog has been so deserted recently. It’s definitely not that blogging doesn’t interest me anymore, because it’s still my most favourite hobby! But recently, my brain has been so bogged down in SO many ideas that I’ve fallen into a huge slump. I always think that having a ton of ideas will make me work in overdrive to accomplish them, but for me, it’s the complete opposite.
I have an awful habit of thinking too much about these ideas that I don’t actually do any of them. It just pushes me into a slump so big that I don’t want to do any of them, and then I worry that I’ve deserted all of my ideas for too long, which makes me not bother doing them at all. And that’s not ideal!
My Goals For 2018
So now that we’re over halfway through 2018 (what?!!), I’ve decided to make a real effort to get some of my goals accomplished. I want you (and myself) to keep me accountable, so I’m going to write down some of my goals right here. If I come back at the end of the year and realise I haven’t done a single one of them, I’ll be disappointed in myself. Like a disappointed parent. Butâ€¦ I’m my own child. This is getting weird.
So, without further ado, here are some of my goals for the second half of 2018â€¦
1. Go to YALC, have a wonderful time with my fabulous friends, and attend at least 3 workshops (last year I only attended one, so I want to up my workshop game!).
2. Start a bookish podcast and chat with some amazing bloggers and authors (if I could interview an author I love, I’d be well happy).
3. Take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November and at least attempt a first draft of a novel.
I could carry in listing a million different goals that I want to accomplish, including starting a YouTube channel, opening an Etsy store, and so much more (these are literally all plans that I have fully formed in my multipotentialite head), but for the sake of my sanity and actually getting things done, I’m going to focus on those three in particular.
The first one of my goals reminds me: YALC is only ONE MONTH away!! I’m going to be writing a post soon (again, if I write it here, I hope it’ll keep me accountable and I’ll actually do it) about my tips from attending all three days last year, as well as some of the things I’m looking forward to and the books I’ll be taking with me. If you’re attending YALC this month, let me know in the comments and we can fangirl together!
If you’ve read this much of my rambling, I applaud you. I’ve been in such a huge blogging and reading slump recently, so I’m hoping that by writing a post explaining why, it’ll get me back into the swing of things. (Three blog posts in two months is shameful.)
I’m currently reading Clean by Juno Dawson and I’m loving it, so I’ll definitely be reviewing that once I’ve finished it. I’ve got a few other posts hopefully ready soon too (and I found another one in my Google Drive that’s FULLY WRITTEN and I never published it!!).
I’m coming back, blog! My indecisive multipotentialite brain WON’T DEFEAT ME!
To find out more about multipotentiality, watch Emilie Wapnick’s TEDx Talk below or read more about it here. If you find yourself agreeing with everything she says like I did, please let me know and we can discuss it together! 🙂