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Welcome, fellow artists, creatives and nomads!
Have you ever wanted to be a bunch of different things when you grew up? Are you someone who wanted to be a doctor and also a mosaic artist? Or maybe a bonsai horticulturalist and a lawyer? A professional athlete and own a coffee shop?
Okay, well maybe not those things specifically, but you get the idea.
As a culture, we are just at the beginning of starting to see people realizing that they don’t fit the professional or social molds they were taught to form to, and doing something about it.
The educational and professional structures that have been in place for decades are becoming outdated, and more people are realizing they are unhappy with those singular, mainstream ways of living.
And they almost seem at a loss because they aren’t sure what to do.
The ones looking to get more out of life want to incorporate the many different the things they love in order to sustain themselves.
We are renaissance people. Multipotentialites.
I first came across this word from a TEDTalk by Emilie Wapnick. It’s brilliant and you can watch it here.
In it she mentions:
“The notion of the narrowly focused life is highly romanticized in our culture. It’s this idea of destiny or the one true calling, the idea that we each have one great thing we are meant to do during this time on earth, and you need to figure out what that thing is, and devote your life to it.”
After watching her TEDTalk, I was honestly almost brought to tears because I finally saw that there were other people out there like me. She was saying all of the things, in a very public way, that I’ve identified with throughout my entire life.
And that it was okay to not fit the cultural structure.
I’ve only ever understood a lifestyle where I had many different interests and went down each of their paths to explore them – successfully or unsuccessfully I might add.
Long, long before I had heard her words, I realized that I was a jack-of-all trades in the realm of being an artist, and that I was going to use it as an advantage in my career.
I would no longer see it as a burden as I watched most of my high school peers follow the structured norm; i.e. graduate college, get a corporate job, get married and have kids.
I will admit, before I was able to fully put into practice a more diverse way of living, I tried my hand at a corporate 7-4 job designing for Anthropologie in New York for a year right after graduating with my masters.
Oh, the things I learned in that city with that schedule and type of job.
Firstly, and most importantly, I wasn’t happy. Nor given the artistic freedom that satisfied me as an artist. But that will be for another post.
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I’m here to tell you that if you are a multipotentialite like myself, you’re not alone. In fact, there are more of us than you think.
And that it’s possible to live an atypical and sustainable lifestyle that incorporates your many interests.
Here’s how I do it:
- Prioritize what is most important to you and put yourself out there
- Make the necessary financial decisions
- Live with the power of positivity and laws of attraction
- Set goals and their directions and work hard
- Keep your mental health in check
- Celebrate your successes
I don’t let my anxieties overcome my dreams anymore.
I do what makes me happy.
I work hard.
So, think you can be an etsy basket-weaving accountant? Or a weekend saxophone-playing fire fighter? Or a small business florist and part-time yoga instructor?