Are you in your element?
I am reading Ken Robinson's book "Finding your element" to get clever on how to - yes, find my element.
I've actually just started the book at the time I'm writing this but it's something I've been passionate about all my life. Long before I could put it into words.
I'm convinced having a multi-passionate personality has something to do with it.
When you are in your element.
Being in your element is when you are doing something you love. When time and problems disappear. When you do what's in alignment with the person you are.
You don't need to be an expert in something or even very good at something to be in your element.
But if you are in your element, you will become good at it.
Why is it important?
It's hugely important. I believe it's one of the most important roles in life.
It's important because when we are in our element, we are happy.
We are excited and content.
And being happy, excited and content is good for our mind, body, and soul.
Which then means we have more desire and energy to be kind to ourselves and others, which means we have less need for addictions like food, alcohol, drugs, and fags, which again means we make better choices etc. etc.
See, it's a fantastic snowball effect.
That's why we must look for our right element.
How do you find your element?
It may take some time.
You might not know it instantly.
I can almost guarantee you, you will make mistakes. You may also have to overcome some major procrastination.
But it's the right path to take and well worth it.
To quote Steven Pressfield in The War of Art:
"If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony and you don't do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.
Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got"
He's right of course.
There are so many writings on the interwebs about the importance of being in your element - following your bliss - living your passion etc. and more and more pop up every day.
Maybe you don't have passions, but interests. That's great. Follow them.
Are creative people in their element?
I reckon we all have the ability to be in our element.
I just think that multi-passionates are better at tuning into it.
Perhaps we are born with a really strong 'right element for me' gene.
Or perhaps it's a 'not the right element for me' gene.
Dear multi-passionate, don't fight your natural capacity to be in your element.
If you haven't found your element yet, start looking and don't stop until you find it.