The headline is pretty self-explanatory. That’s right! I could never decide what my true passion in life was.
Ever since we are old enough to read and write we are expected to answer this simple question; “what do you want to be when you grow-up?” To which, we all have equally bizarre answers like, “Princess”, “Astronaut” and “Engine Driver”! But as we grow up, this question becomes a more serious one until it becomes the core of our existence. What do we do with our lives? Society has a way of coaxing us into choosing something which has the greatest potential in the job market. And in the process, most of us, through trial and error, narrow down the options until we’re left with the one thing that we are good at and make it our best friend. That is when it’s said that we’ve found “Our true calling”.
Unfortunately, for some of us, it’s not such a linear journey. What if you are good at many things? What if we are passionate about more than one occupation? How do you choose then? This has been the bane of my existence since forever!
I liked creating art, crafting things with my hands, dancing, singing, designing clothes, writing, photographing, and the list goes on! Strangely, I was also mostly good at all these things! Choosing one from this list was next to impossible! So, I didn’t! To this day, I try to embrace all these sides of me in different ways. Yes, I do have to pick and choose and allot time very intelligently to make a living out of this mess! But I’m proud to say that it’s been a difficult but fun ride so far!
However, I was not always so confident about juggling my passions like I do today. I always thought that there was something wrong with me. I was labelled indecisive and fickle. I was repeatedly asked to make up my mind once and for all! Because after all, we all need a career and we have to focus all our energy on it. Or else you fall into the bracket of “Jack of all trades, master of none”. Needless to say, I was living with a lot of fear and frustration for not being able to fit into a singular role. Until one day, very recently, I found a video on YouTube. This is one of my favourite TED talks and has changed the way I perceive myself and my life. I am sharing this today in the hope that many of you might find this interesting or even life-changing.
Emilie Wapnick is a multipotentialite. She is a writer, speaker, teacher, designer, artist, researcher, explorer and much more!
She writes about the challenges and the solutions for multipotentialite problems on her blog Puttylike. If you can relate to what she says, head over to her blog where you might find some useful stuff. And remember, don’t be afraid to be all that you are!