Planning for Nothing
What is the limit of one's talent? Our mind? Our weaknesses? Our ability or limited ability to aspire? Or just the realization that we are working in a limited form of reality and at the end of the day we must give in to it? How do you practice a trade that is limited by the world in which it functions? These are many questions with no perfect or even close to perfect answer.
The answer might be found in many things. We often look at others and place our talent amongst the many definitions created by our colleagues, by society, by history and by our perceptions. But, should these functions define our talent and the willingness to share it with others?
We have educated ourselves, spent a good amount of money, time and energy--blood, sweat and tears, if you may, to "guarantee" that we can spend our lives doing what we love and making money at it. But, what happens when those dreams and aspirations don't live up to our thoughts and plans? Do we accept that we are limited to practice and just go ahead anyway, or spend our days complaining and wishing we could do what we really wanted to do? Or do we take what we have, throw away the plans and start again recreating our reality?
My professional career was all planned out. I had the professional parents who allowed me the freedom to choose my career, the education, and the ability to achieve. However, life never had the same plans. You can call it destiny. Destiny is something I never counted on and something I could not control. Instead of my plan, I was given life. I did not know what to do. My father's illness, my brother's disability, my family responsibilities, my health and life's humbling hurdles took me on a journey that I still cannot understand.
It is a long story in a relatively short life. Of which I intend to share in the upcoming articles. But at this point, I have started a point to consider--what to do you when you plan, and plan, and plan, only to figure out one thing--that we are sincerely on a path that has nothing to do with our checklist?