Dont Ask Your Doctor

by : Maya Talisman Frost

Perhaps I should ask my doctor if there is a drug to take to combat frustration from seeing so many drug ads. You know the ones I'm talking about. They always start out with a list of questions. Then they tell you that a new drug might be just the thing for you--all you have to do is ask your doctor.

Here's my tongue-in-cheek riff on those ubiquitous ads.


Have you ever felt you had too little time for your many interests?

Do you find it difficult to decide which section of the bookstore to browse?

Is it hard for you to answer the question, "What do you do?"?

You may be suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder.

There is help for those suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder. New ideas make it possible to live a meaningful life despite the inability to hold the same job for 25 years.

There are support groups for those suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder. You can find them at most community colleges, libraries, artist cooperatives, bookstores, and coffee shops near you. It's important for you to know that, wherever you are, there are other individuals coping with their limitless approach to life.

In addition, you should know that many successful individuals have suffered just as you are now. Leonardo da Vinci found it impossible to choose between science and art. Albert Einstein was unable to find satisfaction as a student. Orville and Wilbur Wright were incapable of sticking to running their bicycle shop.

If you're suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder, you may have several of the following symptoms:

  • Multiple talents

  • A well-used library card

  • An affinity for public broadcasting

  • An eclectic collection of recorded music

  • An inability to stick with one career

  • A tendency to prefer conversation over television

  • A penchant for viewing independent films

  • A habit of attending lectures or author events

  • A collection of art supplies, sports gear, books, antiques, exotic plants, cooking utensils, or any combination of these

Don't ask your doctor if a limited life is right for you. Your lack of mindlessness may have become apparent to yourself or others. It may be too late to avoid recognizing your potential and engaging in your own process of maximizing your intellect, talent, and compassion.

Millions of people around the world are suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder. They are incapable of sticking to predictable options. They are choosing to wallow in their opportunities for excellence and fulfillment.

If you think you may be suffering from Multiple Interest Disorder, ask yourself if a life of limitations is right for you. Pursuing a long-term course of multiple passions may result in fascinating conversations, stimulating relationships, and an extra long obituary. Those pursuing a path of many twists and turns may develop excessive curiosity and energy.

SIDE EFFECTS: Those engaging in a life of limitless opportunities may experience spontaneous woos--contagious and energizing expressions of irrepressible joy. To avoid mindlessness, refrain from mediocrity and repetitive thought patterns. In the event of unrestrained enthusiasm and discovery, deep and lasting satisfaction may be the only prognosis. Don't ask your doctor for more information.