Go Out and Get It

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us,” says Paul in the book of Romans. One of the most important things a person can do in this life is to figure out what those “gifts” are. You may love playing the violin, throwing a javelin, physics, or running a backhoe. How many figure this out in time to launch into the working world? I left college with a B.A. in anthropology, a sense of adventure, and an R.O.T.C. commission in the U.S. Army. I had no clue what I was meant for. I can see now it took twenty years to figure out that I don’t want to be soldier for the rest of my life. I’ve always wanted to write and make music, so that’s what I’m going to spend the last half of my life doing.
My unsolicited advice to you (assuming I’m not simply typing to myself) is find what you love, become an expert at it, and do it the best you can. Get started right away. Someone will always be on hand to make a sour face and urge you to do something sensible because that person knows he could never do what you want to do. Sometimes that person is someone you care about. Ignore the contempt of naysayers. Stiff-arm through your fears. Life is far too short to listen to them. Don’t wait until you’re old to be eccentric. Let others do the “sensible” thing. Get a firm grip on what you love, and go for it.

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One comment

  1. Wow, perfect sentiment. I finally dared to start writing two years ago. Before that I did all the sensible (though sometimes still fun) things, but I’ve finally gotten over (mostly) what others think about my goal.

    This dream is for me. Good luck with yours!

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