I watch a TED while I did dishes this evening that excited me so much I literally burst out with “I LOVE THIS TED!” as my husband came home from the evening prayers. I’ll say it again, cause, why not? I LOVE THIS TED!!
TED describes the talk succinctly, saying, “In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime.” She talks about how these types of people are often made to feel bad for their varied interests. Because we have a story in modern culture that says that we have to have one passion, our great life’s work.
And I, like Emilie, just wasn’t wired that way. And have always felt bad about it. The engineering students in college thought I was nuts for majoring in theater and the drama geeks couldn’t fathom what I found so exhilarating about the ice lab where I worked in the engineering center. Why couldn’t I just pick something and stick to it? Why can’t I still? These thoughts have brought me so much stress over the years. I thought something was wrong with me.
Now I can just say I’m a Renaissance woman, a Multipotentialite. I dig oodles of topics from art to science to writing to nutrition. All these interests add spice to each other and lead to creative styles of thinking, communicating, and innovating. Suddenly I’m really happy to be crazy, colorful, can’t-stick-with-it-for-very-long Chana!
So enjoy this blog while it lasts. Or perhaps it’ll morph over the years as I move on to my next wild adventures.