Dear Puttylike reader, this is a classic Puttylike post. Meaning, it’s from the early days–from before I really found my voice or knew what I was doing. I’ve chosen to keep this post online for the benefit of Puttylike readers who have worked their way backward through the archives. And also to highlight the fact that everybody starts somewhere! xo, Emilie
Last week, one of my students shared a revelation he’d had with me:
“I am a geek!”
“Haha… I know, Rami,”
“No, I mean, I realized after launching my blog last week that I really am a geek. A proud geek! I think I’m going to start wearing more geek accessories. Check out this game controller belt I found!”
It’s funny. I noticed a similar pattern in myself a while back. Sure, I’d always been a multipotentialite (though I didn’t know that word at the time), but building a community around multipotentiality actually made me a bigger, prouder multipotentialite in real life too.
Like Rami deciding to wear more geek accessories, once I launched Puttylike, I began to consciously schedule my life around variety. I also started spending time on only the pursuits that mattered to me. I quickly felt a greater sense of purpose.
And that anxiety I used to feel when the urge to change directions would creep up? Gone. I know what that is now. It’s part of who I am- the best part.
You must put yourself out there
Instead of hiding the things that make you unique, feature them. That’s when life gets good, when you stop trying to be the person you always wanted to be (referred to by some as your “best self”) and embrace, really embrace, your true nature- the person you always were.
That’s what blogging does. It strengthens that part of yourself that made you feel different, the part of yourself that made you worry in the past and made you want to hide.
That’s why it’s scary, but that’s also why it’s worth doing.
Taking it a step further
Not only does putting your identity out into the world give you a stronger sense of self, it also makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger: a community.
The community I found through Puttylike exceeded my wildest expectations. I now have a ton of new scanner friends scattered across the globe. Some of my best friends, the people I tweet with all day long and collaborate with, are people I have yet to meet IRL. But I feel closer to my puttypeep than I do to all but a handful of people in my physical world.
Creating a physical version of this digital community
Right now my life consists of a colourful buffet of incredible projects and meaningful work. I have amazing like minded friends that I connect with on Twitter and on the blog. My digital life is almost entirely in line with my physical reality- ALMOST.
The only thing I’m lacking – really lacking – is a physical manifestation of this digital community. It would be amazing to hang out with passionate, creative multipotentialites in real life too, not just online.
This got me thinking… What if I could turn this digital community I’ve built into a physical community? Hm.
And so a new project begins.
On June 2, 2011 (5 weeks from now) I will be moving to the other side of the continent: Portland, Oregon, land of bloggers, artists and creative entrepreneurs. I will be finding an apartment with my friend James (whom I’ve never met IRL but have spent countless hours Skyping/writing with about business, humanity and the magic of the universe).
This is not where it ends though. Our plan is to start off as roommates but quickly expand to a full-on intentional community– a space where multipotentialites can live and work together, plus a hang-out spot for visiting multipods from out of town. This will essentially be a physical version of the Puttylike community. There will be cushy chairs, white boards, plants, work space, a writers’ room and a treehouse out back (which I’m insisting on. 🙂
I also want to include/launch a production company made up entirely of scanners. I’ve met too many puttypals with incredible filmmaking, writing, design and musical abilities. We need to come together and build something BIG.
Chronicling our experience online
Of course this project wouldn’t be complete without a digital reflection of our physical space either. The wheels are turning, but we’re throwing around the idea of a weekly video show. Is that something you’d be interested in?
I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen when I touch down in Portland, but I’m excited to find out. I’m fully expecting bumps and revelations along the way, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s time for an experiment, a new adventure.
All of the awesome experiences I’ve had in the last 7 months: the sense of increased purpose, the amazing lifestyle, the fun projects, the new friends, and now this big life change, came about by taking the thing that made me feel different – my multipotentiality – and putting it out into the world.
Have you built your own digital home yet? How has your digital life impacted your physical reality?