I used to think that I was the only person on earth with this “problem.” I’d proclaim myself a songwriter or a filmmaker or a to-be lawyer, doggedly pursued that path for years and then tragically, (shamefully), lose all interest in my would-be calling.
I used to think it was just me. I felt alone and I was terrified that I’d never find my way.
These emotions feel so far away to me now. It’s hard to even recall them. But they were there, for years, lingering in the background, as I embarked on every new endeavor.
And now? Well now, that I see my multipotentiality for what it is: a gift– a call to greatness, to innovate, to solve problems by drawing from other fields and synthesizing my ideas.
You are not alone
Not only have I stopped worrying about this “pattern,” but I no longer feel alone at all! Put aside the fact that I now work with multipotentialites every day and that I’ve based my life around the concept. These last five weeks as I’ve been traveling, I’ve noticed that nearly every single person I’ve met, has been a scanner. No joke. They’re everywhere, I just couldn’t see it before.
There was my couchsurfing host in Monterey, who works with teams to program super computers. He gets brought in to work on projects by the biggest tech companies in the world. MIT recently tried to recruit him. When speaking to me about what he does, he literally said, “a specialist couldn’t do my job.”
There was the friend of my host in Santa Cruz, who worked as a teacher for many years, got into a bike accident, suffered brain injury and went on to run an art program for others suffering from brain injury. Now she works at an organization that trains and supports new teachers.
There was the girl I met at the Monterey Bay Aquarium gift shop who’s using her studies, work, and travel to combine interests in international relations, languages, music and teaching.
Then there are my cousins, whom I’m currently visiting in LA. Jesse has an accounting/computer/systems/programming business, where (if I understand correctly), he sets up computerized systems for accountants. Meanwhile, Sheree is an artist who works with mixed media.
We’re everywhere. Multipotentialites can be found in all fields and all walks of life.
Do you see your multipotentiality as a gift or a curse?
If you see your multipotentiality as a curse and you believe that you’re the only one out there afflicted with such an “ailment,” you will be proven right.
However, if you start looking out for the intersections, using your multipotentiality as fuel for your work, and you immerse yourself in this wonderful community of puttypeep, you may find that multipotentialites start popping up everywhere, in all corners of the earth.
Have you started meeting more multipotentialites since embracing your own multipotentiality?