“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
~ Albert Einstein
I have spent many hours trying to become something I am not. I have been living for others, for their goals, and for their dreams. I have also been trying to create a life like someone else. I have been trying to be a squirrel, when I am really a fish. I am a great swimmer, but not a great climber. And rather than being proud of my swimming, all I want is what that squirrel has – the ability to climb.
I am not a squirrel.
I can look up to others, and appreciate their abilities, their talents, their drive and spirit. Just like the fish can admire the climbing abilities of the squirrel. But rather than wanting to just be a climber, maybe what the fish is admiring (something I can learn from) is not the ability to climb so much as he admires the squirrels tenacity to get back up the tree once he falls down.
Instead of wanting what I don’t have that I see in someone else; instead of trying to make my life mirror that of another; instead of being someone I’m not; I need to be me. I need to step into my strengths, my talents, my dreams, my ambitions, and live this life out.
“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.”
I have been given the life I’ve been give by a great God who has a greater purpose for my life than I can imagine. He didn’t make me someone else, He made me, me. And instead of throwing a fit about what I don’t have or can’t do, I need to embrace it and figure out how to make the best life possible with my abilities. I need to chase after the desires in my heart with the strengths I’ve been given.