That One Thing

July 2, 2015

“And in the end of the day, we were all just humans…drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokeness”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Growing up, everyone wanted to be something great. We had dreams of being an astronaut, a cop, a fireman, or even┬áthe President of the United States (honestly, some of the kids would do a better job than some of our presidents.) But then you go through school, puberty, tests, mid terms, finals, SAT, ACT’s, FCAT’s and more. It is rare that people find their passion in that mess. Between trying to be popular and attempting straight A’s, how are you possibly going to learn anything about you? It might be why we have a mid-life crisis.

So, what happens? You go to college for something that you think won’t bore you for the rest of your life, finish school with decent grades (you realize that nothing matters other than being top of your class or just passing the class.) Next, find a job, date, get married, have a kid, send those kids to college, grow old, retire, then pass away. That’s what we are trained to do. But what happens if you don’t do things in that order? What happens when you find the love of your life early, and what if that love isn’t for a person?

What happens when you are 13 years old and discovered the one thing that you want to do for the rest of your life? You follow it to the ends of the Earth. How does this happen? You either were not given enough attention as a kid, always in trouble, moved a lot, divorced parents, etc. You hope to make friends in school, but that doesn’t happen. You hope that maybe the good grades will make you feel better, but you also realize that was just memorization and too easy. And then you get slapped in the face.

Slapped in the face by that one thing. That one thing that you never want to stop. That empty void in your life gets filled, and you get consumed by it. Suddenly, you always have something to do, you have places you want to be. Your world is flipped upside down to the rest of the world, but for the first time, you feel like you have a clear view. This is what makes people the best at what they do. This is what will make you better than anyone else. This is what will make you the best.

It doesn’t come with a life, it doesn’t come with instructions. It comes with a feeling, and a super, shitty, intuition. It doesn’t come with the wife waiting for you at home, it doesn’t come with the home cooked meal. Some people miss it, some people never wanted to it.

Truthfully, most won’t feel like they deserve it.