Polymath, Renaissance Soul, Scanner, Jumper – This is Me

Oct 23

Polymath, Renaissance Soul, Scanner, Jumper – This is Me

I’ve often wondered why I couldn’t seem to nail down just one thing I wanted to do in my life. Well, I guess I did in a way because I’ve always wanted to write. But what I want to write ABOUT changes. What I want to experience changes.

A few months ago I learned a few new terms to describe my personality. These include polymath, renaissance soul, scanner, and jumper.

I love the term Renaissance Soul. Way back when a Renaissance Man was a person who had an interest in several different subjects at a time. It’s like today’s version of a liberal arts education or general education. The difference in then and now is that a renaissance man was respected and well liked. Today, they tend to be called a job hopper or a flake. Even in today’s world of technology and change, it’s more respected to stay in one spot or do one thing.

Two examples of modern day renaissance souls – James Franco and David Riordan.

James Franco is known as an actor, but he’s also a painter and writer. He quit acting to go to college and then came back into the field, taking a part on a soap opera as well as major movies. He said in an interview that he has an “addictive personality.”

David Riordan got rich in real estate and commodities. When the recession hit, he started working for his family’s cab service and became a tour guide and coffee salesman. He’s studied at three different colleges and learned to speak Spanish while living in Spain. A lot of the jobs he’s doing right now are low stress, but not a dream. His dream is to sail around the world and write.

I started writing at eight years old. I started reading romance novels as a teenager and fell in love (pun intended) with the genre. Before that, it was mysteries. Then Stephen King entered my life. I’ve always been a writer, no matter what my job was. For work, I’ve sold furniture, washed dishes, bussed tables, shelved books in a library, and sold cell phones. I started working from home in 2004, taking phone calls for a call center and selling rotisseries, clothing and information products. I learned about computers and the Internet starting in 1997 / 1998 and built my first website using HTML. It includes a “blog” before there were blogging sites. It was an HTML page I just updated every week or so.

There is so much I want to learn and do in this life, and through it all I want to write about it.

I’m learning, though, that I can’t do it all at once, and that’s okay. I have multiple projects going on right now and they’re being maintained. It’s not as exciting as starting something brand new, but I can make it brand new if I want to. Or I can stop the project. That’s allowed. I used to think it wasn’t. I hated changing my mind about something. But, like my childhood idea of wanting to be a lawyer, sometimes I realize that NOT getting something really did work out for the best.

To narrow down my interests, I’ve decided to stick with three or four at a time. I can adjust those as I need to. I like the time frame of three months. Every three months I can decide do I want to stick with this project, change it up somehow, or replace it with a new one?

Right now, my focus is on our freedom businesses. I’m maintaining the websites and blogs I have right now, seeing if they can grow into something more. I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo in November, but there won’t be any new projects until Spring. I’m also focusing on my health and traveling around this area of Texas.

Some ideas at the back of my mind for the future, besides the writing and the traveling –

Learn to quilt / make wire wrapped jewelry / make stamped jewelry / become a life coach / write a mystery novel / hike to the bottom of the grand canyon / visit Stonehenge again with my husband / build a log cabin / build a hay bale house / build an earth bag house / meet people IRL I only know on Facebook / learn photography / earn $100,000 year / write 7 books each year

I don’t know if I’ll ever do all of these things, but right now they’re all possibilities. That’s what makes life great.

Are you a polymath, renaissance soul, scanner or jumper? What things are you interested in? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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