How discovering multipotentiality felt like coming home
Up until that point, I worried why I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
I didn’t realise that having multiple interests and being good at a multitude of things was even a thing. I thought it was a sure sign that I couldn’t make my mind up as to what on earth I wanted to do.
Feeling like the odd one out
Every one around me seemed to be settled, and had chosen the path they wanted to follow.
But for me, it was another story. I had so many projects whirling around in my head, there were so many things I wanted to try my hand out, and I still can’t think of many things worse than doing the same thing, in the same town, with the same people for the next forty years.
On the outside my life looked good.
On the inside, I was trying to work out whether I would ever be able to stop doing a hundred and three things at once, and if I would ever be able to recover from being perpetually busy.
This was around the time that I was starting to burnout. I looked at my life and couldn’t find much that was right.
Even thought I had landed what I thought would be my dream job, and moved in with my now fiancé, I had no energy, no longer wanted to see friends, and felt completely and utterly lost.
I had aimed for everything society deems acceptable - a stable pay check, a stable relationship and a stable home.
Dreams of achieving all of my goals at once faded with the need to pay my bills and manage my job.
Was this it?
I remember looking at friends who were travelling with envy, and wondering what had led me to the path more travelled.
I felt like I had been given someone else’s life, which was less than the perfect fit.
My anxiety was increasing, I was beyond stressed at work and was going to the doctors every week with a new ailment.
(Just slow down, they said.)
It was around that time that I was signed off work.
In between sleeping, not feeling able to leave the house and googling how to relax, I came across lifestyle design:
The radical idea that you can design your life the way that suits you and fuck the rest.
I stumbled across Puttylike and it was like discovering another world.
A world where people merged the craziest of interests, were working to build a life that worked for them and were making a difference in their own way.
Reading about Emilie Wapnick and her movement of Puttypeeps, I felt a deeper calling that my life was about so much more than trying to make ends meet and making everyone around me happy.
It was like finding the missing jigsaw piece to a jigsaw puzzle you didn’t even know it existed.
I finally began to explore the nuances of my personality which had laid dormant under rigid expectations of who I thought I should be.
It wasn’t an easy journey, but by surrounding myself by people who were taking life by the horns, I began to realise that I wasn’t born to do just one thing.
I began to understand that having such a variety of interests was an asset, and I didn’t need to settle for anything less than setting my soul on fire .
I saw that it’s not just okay to be someone who hasn’t just got one thing, but it’s a gift.
I don’t know where I’d be today if I hadn’t stumbled on a simple word called multi potentiality, or if Emily hadn’t bravely put herself out there in the world like she did,
I would probably be back hiding in my shell, sure I was missing a party somewhere, but with no idea where to look.
I’d be on a different path, that’s for sure.