Originally Posted by Blake30
You're not the only one. I thought I was the only one, then found this website and book, Renaissance Soul Life Design
. Try the little quiz on the side, and if you answer most of them yes like I did, you'll know that all along you haven't been by yourself. And trust me, there is nothing wrong with you. I thought there was something wrong with me for having too many interests (sports, travel, history, nutrition, etc.), but now realize that there is nothing wrong at all.
It's actually a great quality to have in my opinion. I can just never see myself doing ONE thing for the rest of my life, just because that's what most people expect you to do. There's too many great things in life to only try and love just one. I just ordered that book, so I look forward to reading it.
When I saw this thread title I knew I had to recommend that book, but you beat me to it.
I finished it recently. It's an excellent book.
My advice is to 1) embrace your ability to have multiple interests, and 2) be thankful, for I think that being a Renaissance person is a great gift -- I certainly wouldn't want to live any other way.
It's easy to be conditioned against your Renaissance tendencies. Society has the illusion of favoring people who pursure a single interest cradle to grave as if it's their calling.
To me, the initial learning curve (where it's often steepest) of any hobby is the most interesting part. So I tend to move from hobby to hobby "too fast".
I grew up doing all sorts of artwork, but I quit it because in college I stopped seeing the long-term purpose in it (I used to want to go into an art-related field like, e.g. architecture, but I since changed career outlooks). Now, I recently picked it back up for no other reason than to keep the Renaissance person inside of me happy.
Narrow down your current hobbies/projects to 2 or 3 things. It's easy to become paralyzed and overwhelmed by dozens of interests and ambitions. So make a firm decision to push most of those aside for a while. Even if you have a busy lifestyle, I think you can always find enough time to work on 2 or 3 hobbies -- enough to satisfy the Renaissance craving, at least.