What It’s Like to be a Multipotentialite

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Jack of all trades, master of none. I was kinda sad that I could never find one thing that I am, or at least considered myself to be, good at. I always thought that to be someone, you have to be good at one thing. Then I finally accepted the fact that I’m just not good at just one thing, and that there’s nothing wrong with knowing a lot. It’s just a matter of acceptance.

A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.

Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.

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.
— Emilie Wapnick, Terminology, Puttylike

While my mother dressed me for kindergarten, she would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was four years old and barely knew anything. She then suggested that I become a doctor, so that when she gets sick, that I can take care of her. That was the start for me. I became fascinated with health care. Even though I couldn’t read, I can understand visual cues. I enjoyed looking through picture books and asked a lot of why’s. When my grandmother died and I saw my father’s tears for the first time, I realized that death caused sorrow. I did not want to feel sadness and at the time I thought that being a doctor can actually make you live forever.

Another one of the things that I wanted to be when I grow up was to be a journalist. I grew up watching Loren Legarda and Jessica Soho on TV and wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be where the action was. Gunshots, bombs, and crime somehow thrilled me. I thought they looked so cool wearing those cargo vests while they narrated their experience to the news-watching people. For someone who was actually afraid of death at the time, I don’t know what compelled me to even think that I can take on death on the field as a journalist.

I love to eat. We’d have parties at home all of the time, and the people at home would cook A LOT. When I was old enough to know how to light a stove (5 years old, damn, my parents were pretty reckless LOL), I started learning how to cook. We had cookbooks around the house and my mom had those index cards from Del Monte Kitchenomics, which I just read off from. I only started cooking for a hobby when I had control over the food budget and was actually making my own money (18 years old).

I’ve always had a penchant for writing. I started with a spiral notebook in elementary school and started writing my day’s events, beginning every entry with ‘Dear Diary’. I was a Muslim schoolgirl studying in a Catholic school. People who know my religious background are always taken aback when they find out that I’m an ‘Immaculada’. When my life seemed too boring to write about, I started writing scripts for a play in a big spiral notebook (which I never finished), then moved on to writing my first novel (which again, I never finished). I was never good at finding the perfect ending to a story that I started.

When I graduated from high school, it was time to pick a career path. I was fifteen and did not want to go to college, because I did not know what I truly wanted to be. To cut the story short, since I was fascinated with computers at the time, I picked Computer Engineering. A week after graduating from Computer Engineering, I was enrolled in Civil Engineering. Then my first job was at a call center, which I actually enjoyed, but eventually left because I just felt like I wasn’t growing enough. After becoming an agent, I worked as an engineer for the local government in my hometown, while working a few other online jobs.

I have a lot of talents. I knew how to do a lot of stuff. I’m not going to say that I’m very good at any of them, but I will say that I am not bad at them.

What about you? Do you identify as a multipotentialite too?

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