Tracy, are you a designer OR a party planner? An organizer OR a cook? A crafter OR a builder?
Funny you should ask because I say I’m a designer AND a party planner AND a cook AND a crafter AND a builder AND AND AND. I’m big on the word AND.
But, it’s impossible to do multiple things well. Really? Tell that to these folks:
James Franco: actor, writer AND painter.
Jamie Lee Curtis: actor AND author of children’s books
Jeff Bridges: actor AND musician. I like what he said, “People like to put things in a box — and they do that with their own lives too, they limit things — but it’s all art to me…” He went on to say, “People try to define things and make it easier for their mind to digest things, I guess.”
Jessica Lange: actor AND photographer
Emma Watson: actor, writer AND painter. Her quote exemplifies how I feel, “The difficulty for me is that I’m interested in so many different things. I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things.”
Milla Jovavich: actor, model AND fashion designer
But for me, Viggo Mortinsen: actor, photographer AND poet says it just the way I say it, “People who are creators create. People say to me all the time, ‘Why don’t you just focus on one thing?’ And I say, ‘Why? Why just one thing? Why can’t I do more? Who makes up these rules?”
The above mentioned folks are stolen from the genius that @DouglasEby gathers in/on Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression.
Also, @emiliewapnick encourages multipotentialites to, “stop beating themselves up about being unable to find their “one true calling” or fit into a box. I want them to see that their diverse background and insatiable curiosity isn’t some huge failing, but that there’s a very good reason for it…”
“Not only is your multipotentiality not a curse, but you can actually use it as fuel for your life and income. Once you stop fighting your scanner nature and embrace it, you’ll find yourself working on projects that are deeply meaningful. You’ll feel a sense of purpose that you never thought possible.”
So for all of us hyphenates/mulitpotentialites/Renaissance men/women out there, please please tweet me @TracyMetro and tell me HOW you embrace your AND!