The Needle In A Haystack

I can’t really be sure what it means.

When people tell me that a person’s life’s task or their calling is somewhat related to what they used to like and the activities they used to enjoy in their childhood, I don’t really get it.

It feels like a treasure hunt down memory lane. I’m supposed to find clues in my old passions. What if it’s all BS? Who is to say that you can’t go past mediocrity in something you enjoyed as a child? What if you’re only romanticizing a pipe dream?

Lots of doubt will haunt the untested mind.

“Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path. You may remember this something as a signal calling in childhood when an urge out of nowhere, a fascination, a peculiar turn of events struck like an annunciation: This is who I am.” —James Hillman

I am not entirely certain about the declaration of destiny sort of situation Hillman is talking about in that quote, but I tell you this: What do you have to lose?

It doesn’t matter if you’re not too sure, if you’re lacking such an irrevocable conviction in your aptitudes, or you have a distinct aversion to the word destiny. You pick one of those things that you feel could be it and go all in on it. Give it your best shot, your attention, your time, and your dedication, and then watch and see.

Maybe you’ll just give it up in a few months and then you can just move along to something else. Because it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t find your thing on the first attempt. If you recall what happened to Neo when he made his first jump in the Matrix, everyone falls the first time.

But…

What if you stumbled upon something that you can lose yourself while doing it? That thing that gives you immense pleasure and unbounded satisfaction. What if when you started to do it as a mere experiment, you woke up one day to find out you’ve been doing it for three years straight?

What if the needle you’ve been trying to find in that haystack has been in your hand the entire time?

It’s about time that you start to take action and figure that thing out as soon as you possibly can.

They tell you that it’s never too late to start, and this is really the whole truth: Better late than never, but being early is best.

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