I spent most of my life feeling broken.
For the last three years, I felt physically broken. Health problem after problem. I was unable to eat “like everyone else,” without a reaction. It felt as though my body was falling apart, and nobody had answers for me.
For many years before that, I felt emotionally broken. I believed that I was inherently unlovable, unattractive, unworthy. That I was destined to end up alone.
From the age when teachers began asking me The Question up until a few years ago, I felt intellectually broken. Why couldn’t I find my Thing? Why didn’t I have a Destiny like everybody else. Clearly it was because there was something wrong with me.
Well, I’ll tell you what: there is nothing wrong with me.
And there is nothing wrong with you.
I have spent the last five years disproving each of these myths about myself. Most recently, it’s been the health myth– that my body was just built with these problems, and that the best I could do was listen to the “experts,” and supplement with drugs and vitamins. Nobody ever explained to me the value of whole, nutrient dense foods or of giving my body the type of fuel and movement that it requires.
Multipotentialites are Not Broken by Default
Health and diet aside, the underlying idea that you are not broken by default is directly applicable to us multipotentialites.
When your heart tells you to pick up archery, do it. When your heart tells you to study modern dance, do it. When your heart tells you to spend your afternoon reading about quantum mechanics, even though it has no obvious “practical application” to your current career, do it. Your heart is smart. It knows what’s right for you.
Do not trust the “experts” who tell you to deny who you are, by choosing one facet of your personality and suppressing the rest. Do not trust people who say that you must be one thing in life, or that you need to choose a niche and narrowly define yourself.
Most importantly, do not listen to “experts” who tell you that you must become an expert yourself– that mastery, expertise, and life-long dedication (or 10,000 hours), it is the only way to make something of yourself in this world.
You are not broken. Your multipotentiality is natural and healthy. There’s a very good reason for it.
And anyway, experts telling you to become an expert?… Think there might be a bias there?