A Spring Start

Welcome to my “new” blog!

OK, to be honest, I had originally used this blog to store posts from another blog, but after many failed attempts at blogging on various platforms (mainly due to lack of interest and willpower), I decided to come back to this one and start anew.

Very recently, I came across the concept of the Renaissance man, the polymath, and the multipotentialite. According to Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike:

A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.

Furthermore, according to Wikipedia:

While the term “multipotentialite” is often used interchangeably with “polymath” or “Renaissance Person”, the terms are not identical. One need not be an expert in any particular field to be a multipotentialite.

Now, I am definitely not a master in any particular field, but I am proud to call myself a multipotentialite.

Reading through the rest of the Puttylike article, I felt like someone was describing me with eerie accuracy:

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills.

YES.

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.

YES! Well, I’m not sure about the fast part, but I do go through periods of super-intense activity where I research and work on personal projects.

The aspect of multipotentiality that worries multipotentialites the most is the tendency to become bored.

YESS! My home is literally a graveyard of half-finished projects that stare at me with disappointment. I resorted to tucking them away into boxes to avoid the constant guilt.

Multipotentialites don’t define “finishing” the way a specialist (and indeed, most of society) does. We learn what we came to learn and then move on to the next interest. This may not always look like “finishing” to the outside world, but it is.

HOW DID YOU KNOW?! I always have the urge to just try things, so I would go buy supplies and try it out. Once I understand how it works (usually halfway through a project) I am totally done with it. My wallet hates it, but my curiosity is satisfied.

As an example, I have a half-formed fabric doll waiting patiently in a box, multiple crochet/knitting projects on hold (all those poor single mittens without partners), hundreds (maybe even thousands) of bookmarked articles to read, dozens of half-read books on my Kindle (and even more books on my to-read list), a variety of instrument method books, boxes of art and calligraphy supplies, a cart of baking supplies which haven’t been touched in months…and I could go on and on!

It doesn’t help that I have slight perfectionist tendencies and also tend to procrastinate. I usually work while surfing a wave of inspiration and motivation, but when that wave crashes, so do I. Part of my new initiative is to combat that by building up habits and self-discipline.

I read these words a while ago, wrote it down, and stuck it on my wall to remind myself:

 We are how we spend our time, and we become what we consume. –Zat Rana

This really resonated with me and made me realize how much precious time I was wasting. Now, I’m not the kind of person who counts precisely how many minutes (or hours) I lose to mindless internet or phone surfing, but I am literally starting from zero, so right now, doing anything is a vast improvement from doing nothing.

So…what am I working on right now?

A few of my current interests/projects include:

  • this blog (as you might tell, this is my top-interest right now!)
  • self-improvement and productivity
  • minimalism/simple living
  • learning and practicing music
  • learning languages (focusing on Korean at the moment)
  • learning basic coding
  • learning anything, really…
  • arts/crafts, calligraphy, needlework
  • health and fitness
  • figuring out my life (yeah, that might take a while to do)

Of course, this list will be forever-updating, as the seasons change and I yearn for new things to learn and do.

Hopefully, I will stick with this blog and not condemn it to the ‘graveyard’ like so many before it. I really wanted a place where I could showcase my projects and record my progress, while also sharing helpful tips, resources, and experiences along the way.

Are there any fellow multipotentialites out there? Please feel free to say hello!


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