By Dorian Martin, I Start Wondering Founder
On a mid-September trip to Santa Fe, my friend Kaye planted a seed: “Why don’t you create a blog on life-long learning?” It wasn’t something I had thought about. However, the idea resonated since I am always looking to delve into new things, whether it’s a unique cuisine, a thought-provoking book or a different experience. In fact, I describe myself as a “constant reinventor” on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Since returning home, I’ve let Kaye’s pitch percolate a bit, nurtured by conversations with other friends and contemplation over several glasses of wine. However, the Miracle-Grow that helped push me over the edge came courtesy of another multi-faceted friend, Rose Potter, who shared a TEDTalk by writer and artist Emilie Wapnick.
Pursuing Many Interests
So why shouldn’t we all strive to be a multipotentialite in our lives? Many well-known figures – such as Cleopatra, Leonardo DiVinci, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Martha Stewart, Maya Angelou and Steve Martin – have followed their varying passions and developed a multi-dimensional approach to life. Why not you and me? Why do we have to continue to conform to a specific label that our culture wants to prescribe? Why can’t we instead explore the sparkly ideas that speak to us? Why not join Rose in being a self-described “Idea Diva”?
That brings me to my plans for this blog. My goal is to highlight a wide range of people who embrace their curiosity at mid-life. I want to explore different elements of life-long learning (whether it’s a different approach to aging or a great recipe to try). Ultimately, I want to entice myself – and hopefully, you – into embracing a life filled with continuing curiosity and growth. Here’s to living a large, full, multipotentialite life!