Do you ever feel lost? Trying to find your purpose? Searching for your passion? Or perhaps you spend so much time trying to pick the one thing you want to dedicate yourself to and just get stuck? If you’re like me, then you have several things you love. For years I thought I had to be passionate about one thing for it to be my life’s purpose. I thought that was the goal was to work at XYZ job for 20 years. Do something. Do it well. Keep doing it. Forever. Right?!?
My passion is a moving target. It’s ever evolving because I’m alive and change is a given.
The truth is this is not everyone’s truth. My passion is a moving target. It’s ever evolving because I’m alive and thus change is a given. I’ve taught dance, owned a dance studio, had the opportunity to tell amazing stories through photography, created a nonprofit for domestic violence survivors, spoke on hundreds of stages, taught at some amazing universities and helped bring babies into the world. That’s the cliff notes version but there have been so many other experiences weaved in there over the years.
You may have many different skills and passions. I found myself feeling depressed and like a failure at times if I wanted to try something different. I hid in the shadows and played small so that others wouldn’t notice I’d changed my mind about “my thing”. Whatever “my thing” was at the time. It took so many years to be okay with my adventurous spirit and to claim it as part of my DNA. Whether multi-passionate is a real term or not it resonates with me.
Once I embraced my truth it was easier to find my brand. My brand has always been about relationship building, storytelling and community. Everything I’ve done in this life has revolved around helping others be their best selves, sharing stories and building community around that. I’ll never do any one thing for 20+ years as a profession even though I hold several degrees. It’s not because I have commitment phobia, am flaky or can’t make up my mind. It’s because I enjoy a rich life full of adventure and twists and turns. As a creative I thrive by exploring and experiencing life’s journey. I’ve learned to be successful as an entrepreneur but it’s taken all my experiences. All the bumpy roads, twists and turns to get there. I’m okay with mess before mastery, taking the roads less traveled and giving things a whirl. Those steps alone have helped me be here present with you. It has helped me carve out my little place in this online world because I don’t fear the unknown. What I fear is the regret of never trying.
Once I embraced my truth it was easier to find my brand.
I won’t tell you it’s easy. Just like you I wake up needing confirmation that I’m on the right path. That I’m moving in the right direction. Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk about the hummingbird curiosity explains so well the journey I’ve taken. It gave me such peace to know that someone understands my need to explore, to cross pollinate ideas from my collection of experiences and to share my brand of crazy with the world.
Are you multi-passionate? Let me know in the comments how you share your gifts.
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