So what is life all about in the end? Having fun, doing something significant, helping others, being able to change something for better, finding the peace within yourself?
There are people who do important things and then there are people who live travelling. There are people who work hard and those who work a little bit less. There are the ones who like investment banking and pressure and the ones who dream about their own café with heart-warming muffins and colourful tables. It does not exist something like a universal truth or a golden recipe for happiness.
If our main purpose in life is simply to be happy then we still need to find out all by ourselves what does it exactly mean. I guess if you already know what is it that you actually want and what your dream would be, then the doing part is comparatively easy to execute.
The moment I knew I was more than sure that what I wanted was to move to Spain, I basically turned the earth upside down and just did. I did not struggle to do this, I did not doubt it was an excellent idea and I did not hesitate in any moment. And trust me the doing part was nothing but easy although it involved learning a new language and packing two academic semesters into one, and maybe a few more challenges, compared to the situation when you are not sure about your decision, it was bread with butter.
It’s especially complicated when you are a multipotentialite* and you are 24 years old at the same time. It’s like all the doors are open but you actually feel attracted to entering by windows as well. So the possibilities are endless. There are so many things you could learn, so many places you could go to and so many people you could meet. How to know what is best? What choice makes a better story? Is intuition good enough? If not, is there a better tool to apply?
I constantly feel that I long for something greater. I celebrate my small victories, I learn from every mistake and I do my best to learn something new every day. But still, there are evenings when I sit down and think: ‘What is it that actually fulfils me as human being?’ And the answer is long and complex.
Today, opportunities and resources to tame your talents and sharpen your skills abound. The real battle is less external and more internal—facing your fears, quieting your ego, enriching your mind, and dancing with failure. Perhaps Mozart got it right when he said, “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
There will never be a guarantee that what we do actually makes sense. If you want to have one, buy a toaster.
*A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Multipotentialites have no ‘one true calling’ the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).
Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing desparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers. When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.
Unfortunately, mainstream society tends not to value or recognize multipotentiality and labels this sort of “jumping between interests” flaky, immature behaviour. For a specialist, that might be true. But for us multipotentialites, saying goodbye to one passion to explore a new one is how we’re wired. It’s our gift.
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