Today, in a moment of clarity after a particularly restless day, I realised that each one of us is truly unique and we all have a different purpose in life. We respond differently to every situation, and each synapse in our body resonates to a different cause. I wonder how much talent is being suppressed and wasted! and how many people are merely existing because of the moulds they feel they need to fit into, or the boxes they need to check in order to prove to themselves that they can be successful.
How can we create a society that not only tolerates but celebrates everyone’s differences? Wouldn’t it be amazing if, say, an accountant admired a musician for his talent, and the musician for the accountant’s numerical agility? Truth is, we can’t live without either one of them.
What a utopian world!!
I am terrible at making decisions. I either jump head first into the thing I feel so strongly about, and then have to backtrack when I realise it was an impulsive decision, leaving a trail of wreckage to be slowly swept under the bed otherwise, I am literally paralysed. I go back and forth, completely unable to commit to a decision, because that means forgoing everything else on ‘the other side’. It always feels like a ‘now or never’ moment – but I realise it doesn’t always have to be.
Over the past year, I’ve learnt a little bit about PATIENCE. hahaha and I think this applies to decision making as well. You wait, and see how you feel about it a few days, or even weeks later.
I think ‘passion’ contains a tinge of irrationality. The origin of the word passion is ‘to suffer’ and that’s exactly what you’d do for a passion – you’d put yourself through anything, blindly. But what do you get out of it? Does it make you feel good about yourself? What is it that makes us so passionate about some things?
Your calling on the other hand, is something infinitely more subtle. There’s some of those fireworks at the beginning (if you’re lucky), but when it dies down, there is still a responsibility you feel compelled to fulfill. It pulls at your heartstrings, and your conscience won’t let you walk away from it.
So, passion versus calling? I think I’ll choose the one that allows me to make a difference to those who need it the most.
Suffering -> Perseverance -> Character -> Hope