It's one of our early life's great quests, isn't it?
We each seem convinced of the need to somehow prove ourselves - to be someone of significance. We imagine that, one the other end of proving how special we are, lies the life that we are destined to live. With all of the money, friends, lovers, and/or (insert whatever you deeply desire here).
The path to find this significance can cause some to rise to the top ranks of industry, academia, the entertainment world and so on. It can be the impetus that creates a life filled with luxury and, if you work hard enough, meaning. But this search can just often turn toxic. Consider those who have carried out mass shootings, spewing violence into the world's safe spaces. Weren't they also after a kind of significance? Wasn't that, when we boil it down, likely to have been what Hitler was hoping to feel? Opinions may differ. But I think so..and this is my podcast. How's that for significance?
All joking aside, things get pretty manic and and ravenous when it comes to needing to prove ourselves in the world. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon (to use one of my favorite nonsense phrases) to figure out that those symptoms mean that we are disconnecting from the spirit.
What if, instead of striving, we simply understood that we are each masterpieces already and started from there? I don't mean "masterpiece" in a cheesy motivational book way. But in a very real way. If you are like many of us out here, you probably have certain things that you are incredible at and others that..well, to put it nicely, you suck at.
Why not look at who we are, take the time to "know thyself", and then develop our life around that? To me, it seems like an often missed opportunity to craft a happy and meaningful existence.
Next time that you are considering the direction of your life, think back on who you are versus who you think that you should be. Take full stock of yourself and play with the idea of making decisions based purely on your strengths and preferences. It might just chance how you experience everything.