One mellow evening, a seemingly miniscule reverie came along that managed to consume my mind.
I couldn’t stop contemplating one question:
What have I given 100% of everything I had to? Truly, 100%?
At first, I didn’t have an answer. I felt distressed. For a while, I couldn’t muster a worthy resolve. Had I ever given 100% of myself to something?
There are moments I can think of where I have given 100%. But what has represented a lifetime of dedication? A true devotion?
I look at my role models—the people who inspire me to live my life to the fullest. I admire them because of their steadfast pursuit of their passion. No matter how many people try to advise them differently, to stop wasting their time, or to cooperate with society, they keep going. And they never give up.
This takes a lot of fearlessness, and maybe even a little foolishness.
It’s a great blueprint to live your life by. It’s the kind of blueprint that gets recognized and praised by others. If it’s successful.
My mind continued mulling over this matter.
You may not have devoted 100% of yourself to any one cause. But that doesn’t mean you’re worth any less than someone who has. The last time I checked, there’s nothing wrong with being a well-rounded human being. You might not be the best or the greatest of all time at anything, and that’s okay. You don’t have to go down in history to be happy or to feel successful. What matters is your happiness. Your peace. If you can find gratitude in the small brush strokes that paint the big picture.
Have you quarreled with this same question? Do you feel like you’ve dedicated 100% of yourself to your life passion? Let me know 🙂
E.L. Jayne’s blog, Poems & Prose, can be found here.