That's a great word: multipotentialite Pretty much describes me as well! Maybe we're on the same wavelength. I'm interested in writing children's books too! But I also love reading, editing, drawing, painting, beadwork, playing instruments, singing, nutritional advising, traveling, photography...etc etc etc. lol
i dont work due to illness but ive thought if i ever got better that i would set up an ebay shop too!! Id like to sell essential oils and natural skin care as well. And also decoritive items. I would really love to do it but just not well enough at the moment.
But the experiences i had of work i know i couldnt work in any normal job without having a breakdown. I had numerous breakdowns cos of work and that led me to get physicaly ill. Its working with toxic people and maybe just now working with people in general i cant do ever again.
I would also love to run a small plant nursery but not do the buisness side. Just spend time with plants i love their energy and have a big collection of houseplants.
I also like writting and mostly do journal work and dabble on forums. I love the process of expression. As well i have multiple interests that are mainly creative that i would like to earn money from instead of being on state benifits. But i do sell the odd little item on ebay but i have little energy to make things cos of my illness.
I don't live remotely near you, but I am a scientist, which, I realize seems kind of counter-intuitive. I've found that "right brained" activities like creative artistic pursuits tend to push me towards being even more empathic to the point that it is very difficult to control. Scientific or mathematical problem solving (which, admittedly, stillrequire some creativity) tends to silence that part of me to some degree. I am happiest when I have balance: too many artistic pursuits and I feel out of control and ungrounded; too much scientific thinking and I feel cut off from the world. So, for me, it's science while making certain that I have at least one artistic outlet in my life.
OK, I may be the only mental health counselor here then. Perhaps more will come forward about such a profession. However I have found that doing counseling as an empath has rewards but also that additional challenge of dealing with residual energy after a session. The good thing though, seemed to be that I have been doing this so long that I found a way to keep it at the office (on the most part). There is a thing called flash memory. Well I found that one can also do flash empathic viewing. You just have to be willing to either absorb the imprint that is left, carry it and dump it somewhere, or otherwise fight it - knowing intuitively that memory of emotion is not yours. Otherwise an empath in this profession would surely break down completely. Hope this helps a bit
You're not the only one, but being a psychiatric social worker running group therapy for teenage girls was not what burned me out. I had to move to a part of the country where my life-threatening allergies did not exist, and could not find a job in my field here, so I ended up in the business world. It was the shocking shallowness and total lack of morals in the business world that eventually made me so depressed that my immunity fell and I got a serious disease and am on disability. It was not residual from the psych work that made me ill. It was very fulfilling, and I was friends with my coworkers. I could not be friends with them in business, since their "values" made me sick to my stomach. That's a very lonely feeling. I agree with what Big Hoss said....helping people is an unmatched high.
Let me tell you, it is a difficult and challenging journey for an empath, but well worth it if you can find a way to ground yourself and keep yourself in check. The hardest part is knowing your own stuff and that of the person you are with, and being able to walk away clean afterwards. Good luck to you. It's a true journey of knowing we are connected to everyone's pain... No man is an island...
Let me know if I can give you any advice on your career path. As an empathy, it was lots of trial and error... just don't take it home with you. There are several visualization exercises that help with this. With work we can also digest other's energy. Hope it goes well for you on the education and career.
Currently I'm a stay at home mom but one job I hope to go back to that I loved was was waitressing. But not at night time. Night time waitressing was mostly drunk people from the bar down the street. People full of negative energies or emotional wrecks. Good for tips but horrible for a empath. And the night shift where I worked was 10 hour shifts. I was a awesome was waitress and liked day time better people were friendlier and in the right state of mind. When I left and my fiancé was a cook for same restaurant on the same shift he left with me so their 3rd shift took a down fall I heard after he and I left. Customers loved when him and I worked together we are an awesome team but gotta find a waitress pay that contributes more than $4 an hour. Maybe soon again him and I can team up again. He still cooking at another place but with our kids schedules aren't meeting up. But, it was fulfilling to me which is odd because being a mom of 4 ages 6-2 years old I do nothing but serve food and clean up messes but I enjoyed it was able to get to know some sweet older regulars who just wanted coffee usually but more calm energies so it was easy to be around them and listen to their stories and such. But, maybe I'm unique nobody usually enjoys waitressing but throughout all my jobs I liked it better than them all. I'm only in my 20's though so I've got some time in between to find many jobs or maybe build onto my enjoyment in serving and maybe management or owning a small restaurant. Not sure yet but thought I could maybe help. Hope you find a fulfilling career or job that you feel great doing soon. Blessed Be
Funny, I like waitressing too. I did it from my teens to early 20s before I became a bartender....which is a job I liked too, except when dealing with someone that had too much to drink. I then went to college to become an accountant, which paid a lot more with benefits. I now volunteer for hospice which I wish was a paid position due to the fact I really like it. I often think of my lifetime of jobs....waitressing was my favorite.