Multipotentialite: The Word That Changed My Life

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Ever feel like you have too many interests?

One minute you’re deeply invested in a project, giving it your all and then some, and then the next, you find a new project to dive into. You need to excel and then go beyond that. You are constantly in pursuit of the next big thing.

Welcome to the life of multipotentiality.

Earlier this week, another blogger sent me a video of a TED Talks about people who have more than one true calling.

At first, I was a little reluctant to watch it. (I’m one of those stubborn people that is less likely to do things when told to. Obnoxious, I know) But I decided to give it a chance. Wow, am I glad I did.

I’ve never related to something so much in my entire life.  Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling (Click it, I dare you) was a reminder that it’s okay to explore more than one passion.

There are some people who dive into one field and that’s it for them. They know they want to stick with it for the rest of their lives.

Not me though.

I love to write. I’ve loved writing since grammar school and I don’t think that’ll ever change. That doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I want to pursue.

I want to live a life of adventure. I love to travel so sure, I want to wander physically but not just that. When I say I want to live a life of adventure, I mean I want to wander into the unknown in every way possible.

I created Curiosity Island for just that reason. I want to encourage people to follow their interests, wherever they may guide them.

I’ve seen too many people stay where they are out of fear of what could be. Sometimes, it seems scarier to leave what you know than to stay where you’re unhappy. When you stay where you are, you know what to expect.

What people forget about the unknown is that it’s where all the possibility lies.

If you never explore what’s out there, how will you know what you truly care about or who you truly are for that matter?

Writing was my first passion, then came traveling. I was always curious about bartending though. So finally, I went and tried it. Now, I work at a bar every week and enjoy it more than you could imagine.

In high school, I was curious about yoga so I enrolled in a class. I’ve practiced ever since. I’m training to become an instructor this summer.

In college, I knew I wanted to do more to help others. That’s always been a passion of mine. So, I became a peer counselor. It was one of the best things I ever did. I use what I learned as a counselor every single day of my life. The experience opened my mind to so much I would have never understood before.

Letting my curiosity guide me has made me into who I am today. I aspire to continue that for the rest of my life. If it scares me, more of a reason to do it.

Now I ask you: what are you scared of? What’s it going to take for you to make that leap? 

Curiosity is life’s open ticket, hold on to it.

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Overthinking 101: How to Find Yourself When You Get Lost in Your Own Head

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So, it’s happening again. One negative thought leads to another and suddenly they’re spiraling out of control. Nights are the worst, but to be honest, your mind can go into overdrive at any time of day. You begin to wonder why your brain doesn’t come with an off-switch…

Source: Overthinking 101: How to Find Yourself When You Get Lost in Your Own Head

Mourning the Loss of Originality

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You ever get tired of reading the same quote on every form of social media? Or seeing the same picture reblogged 100 times over?

Sure, I’ll be the first one to admit I love sharing inspiration. If I’m not writing an article, I’m posting something that made me smile.

These things that I post though? They’re my own sources of inspiration. They’re not influenced by what the world around me wants to see.

I don’t feel comfortable just accepting what others like, or pretend to like. I want to constantly challenge myself to explore new possibilities, to see new perspectives. I aspire to grow into nothing less than who I truly am.

So, when I see people just recycling old ideas, old ideas that don’t even belong to them, it kills me. Each of us have such unique minds. Why not use them? Why must we constantly imitate what we see around us?

I know it’s human nature to want to belong, but where do you draw the line?

The game of make believe is a lot scarier in the real world.

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Your Mind’s a Gift: Open It

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What do you think of when you hear “open-mindedness?”

I know it’s an approach that gets lost in translation quite often. People perceive it as not having an opinion or being “too lenient.”

I’m here to propose otherwise.

More precisely, open-mindedness is the practice of understanding. This isn’t to say you can’t have your own beliefs or opinions. Rather, it suggests that while you have your own thoughts, you’re willing to hear other perspectives and to accept new possibilities.

Essentially, it’s the idea that while you have what you believe is right, you can respect other people who have what they believe is right.

Now, imagine how different our world would be if open-mindedness was a more common practice.

In a world of talkers, just listen.

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That One Person

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No, I don’t mean a romantic interest. At the end of the day, it’s all about that one person. They may even be a stranger.

So many people are obsessed with how they appear. Sure, you want to maintain a good image, a positive reputation. However, so few take the time to focus on who they are and what they want to become.

If you want to build something, build your character. Build your goals, your aspirations. I mean you might have 2 million followers on Instagram but how many people have you personally affected?

Think about it. I truly believe that inspiring just one person a day goes further than anything. (If you wanna inspire say 10, or 10,000, that’s fine too)

It’s about impact over image. You can spend your whole life trying to validate yourself and your actions but I think if you know who you are and what you stand for, no one can take that away from you. Do you.

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Serving Hope

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It’s sad to think that fear is the most shared experience in the world right now. There has been tragedy after tragedy and no sign of this slowing down anytime soon. With new threats and incidents reported daily, it’s hard to remain hopeful. However, you don’t need to just sit back and watch disaster happen.

For one, if you’re in the position to, donate to the organizations working to help. A great one is Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian organization that goes all around the world to offer emergency medical aid. This is only one organization of many striving to make change.

Do your research and donate to the one that stands out to you. Other than that, instead of promoting more hate, look to support those around you in whatever form you can. Even if it’s just posting articles or pictures. Any bit helps.

Fear isn’t hard to find right now. Hope on the other hand? That’s what we need people to give. You’d be surprised how much of a difference you can make. It only takes one spark to start a fire.

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Social Media Hype

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If you’re anything like me, you have the social media bug.

You love to post, you love to tweet, you’ve got a Tumblr, an Instagram, a Snapchat, and probably anything else that you can use to express yourself. (I mean, here I am writing on a blog) Social media is just a dangerous place for a creative over-thinker.

Well, if you’re even more like me, you also despise social media.

Here’s the reasoning: Yes, social media is an incredible tool. You can promote events and causes close to your heart. You can inspire thousands through a click of a button. Yet, people take out the time to pull others down, to post every single movement they make, to tweet what they could be experiencing around them.

So, where’s the line? Where do you stop and say it’s too much?

It’s huge to recognize that social media is all about what people choose to show you. It’s not necessarily the whole truth but rather the tailored truth. Or is it even the truth?

Social media makes it incredibly easy to copy. That picture you just liked could be something that was reblogged over a million times or edited for hours.

Sure, it’s easy to get lost in the addiction. (I’m guilty as charged) But what are you really trying to prove? You might have 4,000 followers but who are you as a person? Show me that and then we’ll talk.

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