Editor’s Note: this is a guest post by Annie Disano.
I had a rough time when I first came into this world.
I didn’t always know I was “different.” I had a good family. I had a good home. I was a little sickly, but other kids had allergies anyway. I didn’t feel special, or unpopular, or even uncommon.
That all changed in first grade, the first time I was ever bullied.
I cried. I stayed home from school. I didn’t even go to soccer practice. It took more than three weeks for me to tolerate going to class again. I wanted to ask my parents what was happening to me.
So I did.
“You need to grow thicker skin.”
That’s what I was told.
Starting from age eight, I was diagnosed with severe and recurrent depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, more digestive issues than I can count on both hands, and a big case of the ugly duckling syndrome.
I had a rough time.
After I quit high school, things got a lot better for me. I got my GED, and I started considering alternative career options. I met a mentor and coach online who showed me the way through the negative feelings I’d developed toward my life. One of the online resources he directed me to was Puttylike.
I loved what I was reading. I finally felt different, and in a good way. What I would soon discover was that interests and passions aren’t limits to overcome; they’re adventures waiting to happen.
I started exploring the idea of going on a dream vacation to the country of Japan. My coaches and mentors all backed the idea, saying that it would help me grow. I thought that was a genius idea! It was a trip I could only afford to take once, and I wanted to make up for an entire childhood of trauma in one great, long coming-of-age ceremony.
I began to think of other ways in which I could improve myself and prepare for adulthood– could the things I love be integrated into this dream, too? I thought about it a little, and wondered how I could integrate my interests of languages, art, foreign culture, gaming, and snacks.
Then it dawned on me–I was going to a foreign country, the language of which I’m learning, where video games are art and snacks are always delightful and covered in images of koalas! “This is perfect!”
Combining Multiple Passions into an Adventure
Excitement grew and turned into new excitement. I rapidly picked up new interests, constantly thinking of ways to integrate them into what was no longer a vacation, but an adventure.
I realized that there were three basic but potent keys to creating an adventure:
- Calculated risk,
- Inner growth, and
- Passion. Lots of it.
I discovered that, as a multipotentialite, I could actually enhance my adventure by integrating new and exciting interests into it, making it bigger and better than ever before, magnifying each other element.
I could start a business while living abroad. I could learn to hike. I could learn to surf. I could learn Kansai-ben (a local dialect). I could overcome my constant perception of my own awkwardness by performing mandolin or belly dancing in public.
There’s so much potential in creating a multipotentialite adventure. It’s basically impossible for you to fail.
Your Blueprint for a Multipotentialite Adventure
If an adventure sounds good to you, then great–because as a multipotentialite, you’re one of the most likely groups of people to succeed in creating and executing one.
There are basically five steps to creating a multipotentialite adventure:
- Decide on a great obstacle to get past (Inner growth)
- Decide on a great fear to overcome (Calculated risk)
- List all of the interests you want to improve on, learn about, or otherwise indulge
- List all of the interests you want to take on–the scarier, more ambitious, and more out-of-your-league, the better!
- Smoosh them all together like crazy!
Overarching themes are covered pretty well on Puttylike. Your interests don’t have to share a common location, but it is best if you accomplish as many goals and explore as many interests at once as possible.
Each interest builds upon the magnitude of the last, and with the new interests you develop, you’re sure to overcome both obstacles and fears. Basically, you want to take all of your multipotentialite goodness and craft it into action. The more explosive the action, the more passion you’ll have and the more you’ll get out of the resulting experience.
It’s like They Say: Go Big or go Home
As for me? I’m kinda terrified. I’m leaving home in barely a month, for the first time in my life. I’m going to be away from all the people I love, in a foreign country where most people don’t even speak my language. I’ll be eating food I don’t know, traveling on buses with people I don’t know…
And I’m already loving it.
Have you embarked on an adventure that was a beautiful “smoosh” of your multiple passions?
Annie is a multipotentialite driven to see dreams become reality, and create as much freedom as possible on the way. She empowers freedom-seeking individuals at Taking Tokyo, where she blogs about her journey abroad.