Does this sound familiar? You have so many interests, you don’t know where to focus your energy. Or, when you were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” you looked stunned and thought, “I have to choose?”
Growing up with a plethora of interests brings its challenges. When the great minds of the Renaissance (think inventors, artists, scholars, and scientists) were in their heyday they were respected and looked upon as thought-leaders. Some would say they were considered geniuses. Fast forward to modern day. When someone finds out you like bookkeeping, raising chickens, designing websites, writing haiku, building computers, and baking, well, let’s just say the term “flake” seems to pop into their head. They see you as someone who doesn’t have a clue of what they want in life or you are too lazy to pick one thing and make a living out of it. Sometimes, we think that about ourselves. It’s a sad reality.
So, to set the record straight I thought I would outline five little-known truths about Renaissance Souls (or scanners, multipotentialites, multipods and multi-passionate) that should help you settle into the idea and embrace it wholeheartedly.
Somewhere along the way, as your DNA was being transmuted into who you are today, you got an extra dose of the curiosity gene. A day doesn’t go by when a new question that must be answered enters your brain. You aren’t satisfied to let it slip through the ether untouched. Oh no, you must think upon it. You dwell on it further until you start looking for the answer. Once you find an answer, you keep looking to see what someone else has to say about it. You may not become an expert on the topic; however, you will know enough to find it stimulating and worthy of keeping in your brain’s database. Once filed away, and sometimes before that happens, the next round of curiosity starts to churn and you continue through life, taking in new information, sharing it with others, learning a new skill and applying it in new and unique ways.
Speaking of unique ways, your brain thrives in the creative Universe. You are a natural problem solver and will look for creative ways to interact with the world. If you learn a particular handicraft one way, it won’t be long before you put a spin on it to make it your own. Not only are you crafty, but you can take problems in a variety of areas and work through solutions, one after another, until you either find a satisfying answer or until you no longer feel the need to keep seeking. You release the problem and allow others to pick up the reins. In the meantime, you’ve taken in even more information. Your database is growing daily.
…and talents that you possess, you can adapt to new situations and continue to thrive and share in the abundance of the Universe.
As a Renaissance Soul, you have the keen sense to know when to change as needed. Because of the information, skills, interests, and talents that you possess, you can adapt to new situations and continue to thrive and share in the abundance of the Universe. If you are laid off from a job, you dig into our database to find another arena to dabble in. If you move to a new city, you fit in with the locals and soon become part of the community, sharing your knowledge, skills, and passions. When you are faced with a life challenge (illness, divorce, crime, etc.) you lift yourself up above the chaos and pain and see the horizon of possibilities. You adapt. You change. You control your present and your future.
I have never heard of a true Renaissance Soul sitting idly by, wallowing in their own knowledge and truth (it might happen, but I haven’t heard of it). Nope. You find your pedestal and speak your truth. In most cases, it is on the down low within your family and community. Sometimes they listen, sometimes not. And that is okay. Then there are those of you who seek opportunities to bequeath your information to others as a way of supporting them and being of service. The service part is important. You may even have a book inside of you. This becomes an avenue for you to distill your thoughts and dole out your ideas so that others can find some answers. You are a natural entrepreneur with your ability to take information and package it in creative and unique ways so that others are willing to compensate you for your trouble (they just don’t know it isn’t any trouble!).
We often keep our ideas to ourselves (temporarily), but when we explore and release them out into the world we quickly learn there are others just like us. Bright, beautiful souls who carry the same curiosity gene. They are your kindred spirits. They get you. You don’t have to look far, but you do have to look. Because of the negative messages many Renaissance Souls have heard about their scanner propensities you may have to open up to them before they expose their souls to you. If you are inquisitive with others, the way you are with ideas and knowledge, they will bloom open and in some cases you will find someone just like you. Someone who loves to explore the world of knowledge. Someone who, like you, can’t imagine settling down to do one thing her whole life. You and your Renaissance Soul friends will move forward and leave your marks on the world. For without Renaissance Souls we would be just another planet, in just another Universe, waiting for just another day to live.
So, there you have it. I hope this helps you see that, even though we are unique in our abilities to explore a variety of areas, we are and will always be productive people and society just wouldn’t be the same without us. Now, go forth and conquer – with love and light.
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Corrie Ann Gray is a visionary writer, strategist, philosopher, and a damn good cookie creator. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer and is the founder and director of the Clean Body Project, where she inspires individuals to live a holistically purpose-filled life.
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