Last year, I connected with someone building a website who was looking for some feedback from a technical perspective.
She writes about being a multipotentialite - the type of person who has multiple creative skills and interests, a jack-of-all-trades or someone who never feels settled in one career or life decision.
I think I kind of fit that description.
Yesterday, I printed up the drawings I had done for my wife's Uni course and, to be honest, they looked pretty good! I was not happy with all of them, but generally, they were quality illustrations.
Doing these drawings has rekindled my interest in doing some art (buy me that iPad Pro and Apple Pencil please... someone!) but it did remind me that I tend to flick between these hobbies quite a lot.
Sometimes I am interested in photography, which I am also quite good at. I can write code and have written and sold my own Wordpress plugins. I can design websites, write thousands of words for them and make money from them too. I can make music, not just EDM on Ableton, but I can also play the guitar and could probably knock out a reasonable beat on a drumkit if I had to. I also feel that I have stories to write, poems to compose or scripts to create.
Having lots of creative interests is good and useful, but I never feel settled. I sometimes think I should be picking one creative outlet and sticking with it. I know this is not true and being creative in multiple ways compliments each other, but it can leave me feeling unfulfilled.
If you are a multipotentialite, you are restless and are full of great ideas, usually without much action or you take action and then quickly get bored and move on to the next thing. I am constantly flitting between projects, ideas, plans and progressing nothing much. Its a curse as well as a blessing.
Going back to the idea of buying an iPad and Apple Pencil - I know that this is just my "current phase" of creativity and that in a few weeks I won't be interested in having one any longer. I am good at talking myself out of wanting the latest fad gadgets or things. No doubt in a few weeks I will be asked to take some photos for something and go off down the line of wanting to buy a copy of Adobe Lightroom!
One thing that people often say about creative people is that they are not limited by technology or equipment. If they want to create, they just do it! They don't need the iPad to get it done when a simple pencil and the back of an envelope will suffice.