This article is part of a series I wrote for the City of Hillsboro profiling city employees.
A paid guest post on a Tool for Introverts: The Social Decision Calculator.
It’s OK not to have one true calling.
You are not alone! There is a word (or several) for what you are. You are a multipotentialite. Also known as a scanner, multi-passionate, Jack-of-all-trades, or Renaissance person. Phew….
As a recovering Type-A personality, I’m a devotee of to-do lists. Do you love crossing items off a to-do list or checking them off as much as me? I have a confession. Sometimes, I write a task down on my list that I’ve completed. This gives me the satisfaction of checking it complete. I know I’m not the only one who does this, right?
A friend’s birthday party when I was nine years old changed the trajectory of my life. The party was the week before Christmas in 1981. My friend lived a ten-minute walk away from my home in a small town in Minnesota. I was expecting a fun party with friends, games, cake, ice cream and presents. Instead, a chance encounter at the party became a watershed moment in my life.
Have you ever eaten a meal with someone who couldn’t focus on you because their eyes were glued to their phone? What is the most prolonged period you have gone in the last week without looking at your phone? Do you sleep with your smartphone next to your bed? Can you eat a meal without being interrupted by the addictive ping of a notification? When was the last time you appreciated an experience without documenting it for social media?
I am a woman in my forties with multiple responsibilities as a solopreneur, wife, mother, and daughter. Plus, I add on hormonal changes, which are a whole different type of stress. I don’t know any women my age who aren’t dealing with various kinds of stress. But I know my demographic isn’t the only one with stress.
This article is one of a series I wrote as a ghostwriter.