Running Other People's Races Sucks
I recently had one of those light bulb moments during a conversation with God. I was busy complaining about my current job and how I am just not cut out to sit in front of a computer all day and input invoices. I also can’t handle the volume of invoices. I am very sure that I cannot complete my duties next week. While spewing my professional concerns, God interrupted me. Apparently, He was not into listening to me gripe. He stated very simply “You’re not running your race. None of the races you have run were yours. If you run your race, your problems will go away.”
Um, what? Excuse me? But the truth is I know what He is talking about. I am a firm believer that everyone has certain natural talents, abilities, traits and interests that they can either explore or ignore. I also believe that it is in exploring these natural gifts that one finds their purpose and place in this world. The problem is that these natural talents, traits and interests typically involve stepping out of our comfort zone and almost always require work on our part. And so, many of us pick easy and convenient door number one instead of the rewarding but scary door number two. I mean that’s what I did. I kick myself these days for not getting my MSSW back when I graduated college. Not, that I necessarily want to go into social work, but that degree would have opened many avenues for which I currently don’t have access. I chose to get a full time job instead of just going to school for two more years. I also allowed the fear of tests and practicums and supervised hours keep me from even trying. Like many of my life altering decisions, it was the wrong decision. I wanted instant, but like they say – nothing happens overnight – not in business, not in Hollywood and most certainly not in personal victories. Things and people that are worth something just take time. Maybe I am just lazy. If so, I bet I am the most structured lazy person living.
My current focus is narrowing my options to those that match my natural talents, traits and abilities. Next, I will look for opportunities that will get me in the realm of what I believe I should be doing and once my debt is paid off, if I need another degree or graduate certificate or license or all three – I will get it. Life is too short to bother with trying to run other people’s races. I need to put myself into position to run my own race: the race designed for me, the race that doesn’t feel like a race at all.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. - Joseph Campbell
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