“Multipotentialism - An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually and creatively gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.”
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Making this discovery about myself was a relief. I have always had many interests that take up a lot of my time. I like learning about and experiencing interesting stuff. I will be intensely interested in something, immerse myself into it and master it, then get bored with it and move on to something else. I have repeated this process over and over. I think it has made me a well-rounded person, but it also creates stress. Having lots of interests takes a lot of time and scheduling. I want to do everything, I attempt to schedule it all, I get overwhelmed and I end up doing nothing… or I focus on one thing so completely that other areas suffer. I used to think I was a little weird, but it was so satisfying that I couldn’t help myself. When I found that there is a term for this, not to mention a whole community, I felt better about it. I have since embraced my weirdness as a good thing!
What are my many passions? Here is a list of the major ones:
Art - specializing in miniature artwork, portraits, caricatures and illustrations. I primarily use graphite, ink, colored pencils and watercolors. But have also successfully used oils, acrylics, charcoal and pastels.
Sign Making - I am a sign maker specializing in hand lettering and calligraphy... but other skills required in sign making are basic layout and design, graphic design, stencil making, manipulating foam core board & spray painting techniques.
Teaching - I love to teach others what I know. I have trained over 20 people throughout the years at my sign making job. I also publish tutorials on my blogs and plan on creating e-books and courses. It's a rewarding experience for me.
Cooking – I like to try out new recipes. I am constantly trying to find better, more efficient meal ideas. I like to perfect recipes through online research and trial & error.
Getting Healthy - This goes hand-in-hand with cooking but also, nutrition, clean eating, cardio training & weight training
Travel - Going somewhere new and experiencing something different changes you as a person. I remember coming back home after my first trip to another state. Home seemed different after that... smaller than before. It's hard to comprehend how big the world is when we spend so much time in our own little worlds. There is so much out there to see. It’s amazing.
History - I have always been fascinated with history. I love learning about ancient history, local history, family history, United States history. My wife and I love to travel to historic places. We especially enjoy Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and other historically important cities.
Woodworking - I have always liked to build things. I guess it goes hand-in-hand with being creative. I have built small tables, benches, picture frames, storage containers, a bunk bed, a weight bench, shelving, cabinets, doors, desks, the list goes on.
Organizing - I like to keep my personal space clean and organized. I get excited when presented with a new spatial problem or storage dilemma. I also like to categorize and systematize all aspects my life. Keeping everything efficient and in order makes life better.
Poetry Writing - l started writing poetry as a teenager. I was a tortured soul and It was fulfilling to get my thoughts out on paper in a creative way. Other people liked it too which felt nice. It was a form of therapy for me.
Singing / Song Writing - The poetry led right into this one. I have loved to sing my entire life. I ended up rooming with a musician in college and the songs just seemed to flow out of us like water. It wasn't long before we had recruited a few friends to start a band. I've actually been in three different bands over the years.
I should probably also mention some of the lesser creative focuses I've had in the past such as sculpture, collage, print making, ceramics, shadow box making and photography. Then there's the list of things I would like to explore in the future... including archeology, videography and screen printing. This list changes constantly.
There are so many areas that I want to explore that sometimes I get frustrated when there isn't enough time. It's all so inspiring to me that I can't wait dive into the next project.
If you think you might be a multipotentialite too, don't worry, you’re not alone. There is even a community you can become a part of. Check it out here.