Thursday, April 18, 2013

Multipotentialism

I know that I am somewhat of a multipotentialite - someone who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life, who has many paths and pursues all of them. This makes it hard for me to really commit to one creative thing.


Multipotentialite Manifesto


I find myself daydreaming about unrelated creative areas that I could get into:
Maybe I should make and sell my own line of jewelry?
I should create beats on GarageBand for people!
Maybe I could create tutorial videos to teach people how to use Photoshop and InDesign?
I should pour myself into yoga and get really good at it.
I want to be a nutritionist and teach people about eating healthy!
I'm going to become a textile designer.
I think I could be a good art professor, maybe I should get my Master's?
I could be an awesome runner, I should get really good at running long distances.
Let's start a neighborhood coffee shop!
All I wanna do is make t-shirt designs.
I'm just going to specialize in making posters, flyers, and catalog layouts.
I'm gonna go back to school and just max out my education.
People would pay for me to help them with graphic design, wouldn't they?
Is it a good time to get into freelance design?
I just want to read hundreds of books.
Since I live in DC now, I'm going to become a history buff and see all the sites!
I'm going to focus on scrapbooking and memory keeping.
Maybe I should try to sell handmade books on Etsy?
I'm kind of good at photography, I should do more of that.
I really need to draw and paint more.
I want to be a full-time blogger!


Wow. That's kind of amazing to type that all out.



So what do I do with all these non-focused ambitions? Most of the time I just sit idling, trying to figure out which direction to go in. I have a bunch of unfinished projects. Usually I have to force myself to finish one, or it'll never get done. I'm almost always willing to take on the next new thing, but have finally figured out that I suck at finishing stuff, so I started saying No.

I've got this feeling in my gut that I'm not maximizing my potential as a creative person. I could be doing so much better!

The point of this post is to remind all you lovely readers that I'm still alive. I haven't written any good stuff lately because of this multipotentialism problem. Maybe it's a good thing? But until I figure out how to manipulate my many "talents" into something that's beneficial to me, I'll just be over here dreaming my days away.

1 comment:

  1. There's an actual term for it!! That figures. Aargh...I know all too well the feeling of paralysis and overwhelmed-ness because of just HOW MUCH there is that I want to do, or need to do...so many things that I'm interested in, maybe possibly able to do...and I just never quite know where to begin. I try, as always, to narrow it all down and make it manageable by organizing, categorizing, putting things together, prioritizing everything. Sometimes it works; then I'll get stuck and "freeze" and go a bit mad again. Clearly there are pros and cons to being a "multipotentialite"...I'm never sure whether to feel blessed or cursed to live in such a 'crazy' mind. o.O xD

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