For the longest time I thought I couldn’t be more than one thing or have more than one passion. My culture told me that was wrong. But now I know there exists people out there who are multipassionate.
Multi-passionate is a term for individuals that dabble in more than one space to satiate their creative genius. But being multi-passionate is more than just wanting to play in different areas to feed that genius, it’s also about growing. Really, really growing.
The other day while I was whining and wondering if there was seriously something wrong with me, I came across this quote:
You are under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, a month, or even 15 minutes ago. You have the right to grow. No apologies.
I was awestruck by that. Truly. I read it a second time. And then a third time. And then all of the worry and stress I harbored about what I wanted to be when I grew up dissolved. It hasn’t returned since.
I have been part of various clubs and groups, only to wake up one day and think, “Ummm, I’m good. I don’t need to go there anymore. I want to go explore XYZ instead. And I don’t want to or have to explain myself or apologize to anyone when I leave.”
I have struggled with personal issues that kept me locked in the confines of my home office where I wanted to hide so I could heal. I did what I needed to do and didn’t explain or apologize to anyone when I did.
As a professional speaker I have stood on stages, unpaid, because the organizer claimed, “We never pay our speakers.” I don’t accept unpaid speaking gigs anymore. And I don’t need to explain myself to any organizer when they ask me why I would give up an amazing opportunity that would pay me with exposure.
You can change your mind anytime. There are no rules here. There is only what you want and what you desire in any given moment.
There will forever be people that don’t understand why you change. It could be because they’re afraid to explore their own open territory, I don’t know. But it could also be because they just can’t fathom someone else exploring unchartered territory outside of the norm. It makes them uncomfortable. As Jack Canfield so profoundly said, “If they can’t have it, neither can you.”
To you I say, go exploring. It’s all good. Remember, you are under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, a month, or even 15 minutes ago. You have the right to grow. No apologies.
Joleene Moody is a PositivityGuides writer and Robbins-Madanes interventionist, specializing in offering information that helps readers shift their mindset quickly in order to improve their lives.