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An ode to you & all of your passions

(A lil ditty inspired by this post, & the comment I left on it.)

I know you. I know how annoyed you get, trying to nail yourself into a box every time, only to find that no, this isn’t the right box either. Nothing fits. Everything stifles. You end up frustrated, feeling pulled in every direction, because everyone expects you to choose one thing and focus on that – and to you, choosing only one thing to do or love or think about is like choosing only one finger to use, for the rest of your life.

Whether you identify as a Scanner or a polymath or a Renaissance soul or multipassionate…I know you, and I don’t think you need to change a thing about yourself or how your brain works.

Because what others will call a weakness, I know is actually a strength. (Funny how that works, isn’t it?)

You see solutions other people miss, because you  have a wider background. You can solve the problem while everyone else is standing around scratching their heads & wondering what the hell is going on. You see the connections, the tiny intertwining strands that hold everything together, that apply across fields, across careers. You can tell me what this and that have in common, because you’ve been obsessed with both at one point in your life.

Other people think that you must have no knowledge about anything, because you have so many different interests. But the exact opposite is true! Sure, you may cycle through obsessions, or juggle several different passions at once, or even do both of these things (that’s me!), in a way that mystifies onlookers. But when you get interested in something, you have a driving curiosity to know everything you can about the subject. You’ll leave the library with stacks of books, too many to carry comfortably, and finish them all in a week. You’ll go on eight hour internet reading binges because you need to know, the way others need to eat or breathe or sleep.

And then two weeks or a month or six months later, your interest is satiated, and you move on to something else. But your knowledge isn’t shallow, and you didn’t drop the subject because you’re flaky. If anything, the exact opposite. For those days or weeks or months, you lived and breathed that topic, you totally immersed yourself in it. Your ability to take in, process, and remember huge amounts of information, fast, means that you most likely have much more than a beginner’s level knowledge on that topic – but for someone whose brain doesn’t work the same way, the idea is incomprehensible.

And so they call you a flake, a loser, someone destined to never get anywhere and always go nowhere.

But I know better. And you should, too. You won’t go the same places they want to go, necessarily, but that’s all right – how boring would life be if everyone had the same destination, not to mention the same journey? Fuhgeddaboudit. This way is much more interesting. And you’re not meant to walk those roads, anyways; that would be like taking a Lexus on the Australian outback.

You’re built for something else. Not better, not worse, just different. And that’s okay. Better than okay. That’s fantastic, and so are you. I know this, because I know you.

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  1. I think many multipotentialites are tired of explaining ourselves (as it takes away from us doing the cool stuff we do), but a big thank you for writing this for us. 🙂 Onward and upward and connecting the dots because we can.

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    • Oh yeah, I getcha. I personally don’t really think about it much because I’ve (totally accidentally) surrounded myself with people who are either total multipods or at least have tendencies that way, so I don’t often come up against resistance. And then when I do on occasion (like that post from Mar’s) it often just strikes me as…totally wacky. But after seeing some of the comments (both from people who strongly agree with him, & people who were hurt or confused by that post), it stirred me up again! Anyways – glad you liked the post, thank you.

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  2. Beautifully put. I kept thinking this was written in rhyme for some reason. Heh.

    “choosing only one thing to do or love or think about is like choosing only one finger to use, for the rest of your life”

    Love it!

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    • Thanks Emilie! I’m glad you liked it. The finger metaphor was the only one I could think of that adequately expresses the situation, as far as I’m concerned 😉

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  3. This is so great! I came to “terms” with this 3-4 years ago and it has become one of my favorite things about myself. I stopped making excuses and just decided that I am a student of experience and I want my life to be full of them and enjoy the hell out of the ride. So far so good!

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    Wow.  You have totally pinned me; up, down and crosswise!  Thank you for writing this post Michelle; it is so nice to know that I am not the only one out there that struggles with making excuses to myself over having too many different passions that I juggle at once.

    Someone once told me that if Michelangelo can do it and be good at it too; so can I.  It’s really helped me to accept that part of my personality, and posts like yours encourage me even more. So thanks again! 

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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    •  Oh I’m glad you liked it, Bonita! Michelangelo is a great example, and Da Vinci is another great one. It’s only been in the last 50-100 years that things have really switched around so that Scanners/Renaissance souls are outright scorned and regarded as flakes, in fact! 

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