One of the things that I have always struggled with is having multiple interests. As a kid I wanted to dance, play guitar, go to art school, and excel in all school subjects. This was not a pressure that was put on me by my parents – I had a genuine interest in everything and actually, was often mocked for that by my parents.
I struggled with not being able to just ‘choose’, and was told that if at some point I won’t do that, I will not succeed. Because only people who specialise in something, achieve great things.
Now, I am not saying that having a niche is a bad thing. Far from it. But that path simply does not fit everyone.
I created this blog because I wanted to share and embrace that part of me. Only I realised, that I haven’t actually talked about it!
Who am I? What led me here? Well, you are about to find out.
Never Ending List
As I mentioned in the beginning, during my teenage years I had multiple interests. Some were more related than others, but there were always at least 2 or 3 things that I wanted to practice at the same time, besides school work.
All the way after I graduated from university, I was engaged in more than a few things: learning Spanish, going to dance classes, reading, drawing on my free time, taking up photography… Instead of narrowing down the list of activities I want to practice and excel in, I kept adding more thing to it!
When it was time to finally get a job, I struggled. Not only because it is hard to find that first entry level position in a good company, but also because so many different jobs in unrelated disciplines interested me. I decided to take upon the first decent job I can get, and practice any of my other interests as a hobby.
So, while at work I would think about my side hustles and what new opportunities I should explore, but at home I would crash, because I would be completely overwhelmed by everything I wanted to learn and achieve.
The job wasn’t going well, I couldn’t choose one creative niche I wanted to specialise in, in order to create a passive income opportunity for myself, and everything seemed like it was getting out of hand.
After I found out that I will be let go from work because of some financial problems at the company, I started to freak out. ‘What am I going to do? I have no skills that I excel in? How am I going to find another job outside of hospitality industry?’ Now, there is nothing wrong with working in hospitality, however it wasn’t something that I felt very passionate about. I met a lot of people, who think it is the best and easiest job, but that wasn’t the case for me.
Long story short, during the next couple of months, I tried a lot of different things, send out multiple CVs and proposals to different universities to apply for another course, until I settled on the computer science conversion degree. At the time I didn’t necessarily think that ‘oh yes, this is what I want to do!’, but instead I was trying to be more practical, and choose something I believed would give me the right skills to get a good job. After I get a job, I would be able to spend all my free time trying to find my ‘real passion’.
But here is the thing. I found a job, and I am lucky enough to work in the area that I am truly interested and feel passionate about. However, trying to concentrate just on that left me feeling unfulfilled.
I realised, that because I am a curious person, because I want to try different things and keep learning, limiting myself to one discipline is what is actually preventing me from reaching my full potential.
Why It Is Okay To Have Multiple Interests
I want to assure you, that it is completely normal to have more than one interest. It is completely fine to want to learn multiple things, and to want to try different hobbies or even jobs.
I believe that just by exploring and actually trying different things we can figure out what we truly like and feel passionate about.
Having multiple interests is not a burden, it is an asset. Today the world is moving so fast, we need to adapt, we need to be able to learn faster, and know more for the current jobs than before. Being curious and wanting to learn is going to help you achieve all of that.
One thing to bear in mind is that while having multiple interests is not a bad thing, keeping it in control and giving enough time to concentrate on a few activities is important, in order to avoid burnout and frustration.
I generally try to set out weekly goals for myself, and create daily to do lists based on those goals, to make all my personal projects more manageable. In my productive morning routine post, I briefly talk about a concept of ‘task prepping’ and how it helps me to manage my multiple interests!
To Wrap Up
I hope that sharing my experience with having multiple interests will help you embrace that side of your personality as well. Who we are as people is never a disadvantage, unless we allow ourselves to see it that way.
Let me know what are your interests and how do you go around managing your multiple interests?