Living in Your Own Shadow

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    All my life I've been surrounded by people with talent.  Some of them know just how blessed they are, and others have no idea.  Unfortunately sometimes, the ones who are aware of their extraordinary ability can't get themselves together enough to do something with what they've got.  
    
    At one point in time, I was that person.  I knew I had something special that God had given me, but I didn't know what it was.  And when I'd finally realized it, I felt like I was too afraid to chase after my dream.  For too long I'd stuck by my small town mentality of playing it safe.  I would get anxious.  I kept thinking, what happens if I do succeed.... well what then?  I made excuses for myself like I didn't want it bad enough.  My fear of "making it" almost made me waste my talent.  
   Watching Kung Fu movies has taught me a lot of valuable lessons about realizing and using my talents.  Kung Fu Hustle taught me to tap into my chi to release my unrealized potential, while The Last Dragon taught me to believe in myself so I can achieve "the glow."  Those movies may be a far fetch, but I've got to find inspiration somewhere.
   Taking a chance and using your talents means going out on a limb and taking a leap of faith.  I may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that little glimmer of hope shows me that I'm going the right way.

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2 comments:

Tamikia T. said...

I am in the same place right now. Just see and understanding my gifts.

Oceanus said...

thank you for writing your thoughts...right now I am forgetting why I wanted to trek on my chosen path in the first place, but sometimes its hard to see the talent that is beneath all the doubt, insecurities, fears...I just want to break free but don't know how. good to know someone else feels what I feel.