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Guiding your multiple passions to fulfillmentOn March 12, 2020 by S.K. Lakenen
Being in a crossroad with a lot of options to take is both stimulating and stressful. Having multiple passions can be maddening, and in my case, paralyzing. Surrounded by individuals who had a clear idea of what they want, confused me even more. I saw my inability to choose one career as a curse. It was only years later that I began to see my multi-passionate life as a gift rather than a curse, and accepted that it’s not an inability to focus on one place, but the urge to have more than one walk of life.
Many years ago, I was paralyzed by my own indecision that I ended up not following any of my interests and based my decision on a rewarding financial outcome career; interior design. Mind you, I have no desire for arts and design whatsoever when that decision was made. I was so unprepared that when I took my college entrance exam, I didn’t even expect perspective drawing to be included. Other examiners enter the exam room with a set of rulers, different shades of pencils and I didn’t even bring an eraser or ruler with me.
It was stressful and frustrating navigating my interests over the years, some of those developed, while others were fleeting. At one point, I was researching materials and costume making, and somehow found myself looking for writing prompts and creating my own library to looking at travel destinations. I didn’t have a clear vision and didn’t know how to start attaining my countless ambitions. It was a confusing chapter in my life, but after years of constantly starting over, I got down to what really helps me pursue what I love without feeling too overwhelmed.
Document all your passions & interests
Sometimes, we forget what we really want because we’re busy paying the bills, keeping up the house, meeting the demands that are being thrown at us, above all surviving. It’s important to put aside some time to reconnect with yourself and have a list of all the ideas that get you excited. Don’t hold yourself back and allow that emotional pull to lead you to those thoughts and ideas that get you excited.
Keep these two questions in mind:
* If there’s no obstacles in your way, what do you see yourself doing?
* What dreams/goals did you push aside in order to have the career that you have right now?
Figure out your vision
Ask yourself, what is the primary vision that you want realized. Is it to create something new, help people, or become a problem solver? This is where you process what you’ve discovered. It’s pivotal to be aware of what drives your inner wiring, and what motivates you. These questions will help you start translating those possibilities into actual goals.
Take a look at your current situation
Life always has a way of getting in the way of dreams and aspirations, and that’s to be expected. It’s understandable that finances, current job situation, and family responsibilities can put a halt in your dreams. So take a step back and prioritize by the level of obstacles in the way. Some of your aspirations will need more planning than others.
Another question that should be taken into consideration is, “Is there something you want to do that may not be possible when you get to a certain age?”
Figure out a strategy
Start creating a solution to every obstacle that is (or might be) in the way. Some will undoubtedly be more difficult to overcome. Finances for example. Having insufficient financial funds can be discouraging, especially when there are bills to pay or a family to provide for, but it still could be overcome by creating small goal oriented steps. Creating a financial spreadsheet helps you monitor your spending and allows you to make sensible decisions of what to sacrifice in order to save funds towards other goals.
Surround yourself with the supportive friends
When you take that first step, the adrenaline rush can be powerful. There will be times when something doesn’t go the way you planned, and the momentum decreases. Supportive friends are vital to ensuring that you don’t give up and they’ll help you motivate yourself. The path to fulfillment is yours to take, but doesn’t mean that you have to do it in isolation.
If you’re lucky, like I deem myself to be, you have incredible and inspiring individuals in your life who are just as excited as you are in attaining your dreams. Reach out to them and share your goals with them.
If you have a multi-passionate nature, live and love that life. Be authentic in your progress, and if you decided that one of the passions you started isn’t worth further effort, don’t feel guilty about ending it. Following and fulfilling your passions is something you do for yourself, not for anyone else.