I have watched an endless amount of people (guilty as well) take up “hobbies” that they label as passions at the time. Just to discard them at the first sign of difficulty. Things like it's to difficult, too early, too late, will tomorrow, all get in the way of just getting things done.
It reminds me of a scene in Good Will hunting. Matt Damon and Ben Afflict are standing having a smoke and beer after their construction shift is done for the day. Matt becomes aggravated with Ben who, as many people have in the movie, reminded Matt of how lucky he was to have a gift of being a genius. In real life, this can be something as simple that you have the gift of being able to get up and attempt a marathon because you have the gift of being born with two legs. Others don’t.
Matt, acting like an idiot at this stage, tells Ben that he will be working in construction for the rest of his life. It is at this point where Ben reminds him, Matt doesn’t owe it to himself to make use of his ability, he owes it to Ben. Ben has made his peace with the fact that he doesn’t have this particular gift. But cannot allow Matt not to make use of something he would give anything to have.
This scene is an extreme example, but still the lesson is there. In any and all things we convince ourself we cannot do for what ever reason we can think of. Not running today because it's cold outside. Not finishing a book because there is something you want to watch on TV. Not studying today because we can do that tomorrow. Just, we owe it to the unlucky one’s. The one’s who would love to study but live on a dollar a day. The one’s who would love to run but weren’t born with the ability. The one’s who would love to even own a book, but had to choose between having breakfast or buying a book.
Think we loose sight of the initial goals that sent us on the path to start something. Maybe it is the failure to update these goals as we progress that is the key to the problem. Or that it might be a sign we need to reconnect with the dream that got us going in the first place. Mark Eckō talks about being true and authentic to yourself. It seems that the more you revert to the mean of what is deemed normal in society, the further away from your own authenticity you move.
It seems that the more you revert to the mean of what is deemed normal in society, the further away from your own authenticity you move.
If you are passionate about a particular thing, shouldn't it be last in line of things that you let go off? Isn’t that what would be true and authentic to yourself? You owe it to the ones that aren’t so lucky. Whether because of disability, financial or any other circumstance. To stick with our chosen passions and not abandon them at the first sign of difficulty. Find your genius, and stick with it because that is what make you the lucky one in life.