Multipotentialite And Category Creation
When I was five years old, I wanted to be a soldier when I grew up.
The fact that I was a female and petite and that the army was not recruiting the fairer gender in those days didn’t bother me.
A little while later, I declared that I wanted to become a doctor. But the trouble was, I was not ready to give up my previous choice. I wanted to become a doctor and a soldier.
Fast forward a few years, and I read about Marie Curie’s story. So impressed was I with her discoveries that I decided I wanted to become a scientist along with becoming a doctor and a soldier.
My wishlist kept growing with age.
In my twenties, it looked something like this:
Soldier + doctor + scientist + IT professional + manager+ entrepreneur.
In the next couple of decades, I was able to cross off some items, but others got added.
In my forties, my wishlist looked like follows:
IT professional + manager+ entrepreneur + network marketeer + painter + writer + cartoonist.
My wishlist was not limited to just that. For example, as a writer, I wanted to be a novelist, a short-story writer, a memoirist, and a non-fiction writer who wrote a book a month. And when I embarked on all these forms of writing, I discovered a new field - online writing.
Something new! Yippee!
I jumped in with both feet first.
That is a typical mulitipontentialite.
The question is, where the hell am I going?
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