Just the other day I was leaving home and heading off to start a career in the Royal Navy. I was excited, nervous, naïve, fresh, anxious and I had no idea what I was getting into. Yesterday my son had his last day of high school … how the heck did that happen! He is two years older than I was when I set off on that train to start my “basic training” 35 years ago. He is twice as smart as I was, has 10 times the confidence, will set the world on fire and probably the only thing I might have “had on him” is street smarts developed in a rough British city.
Where will he be 35 years from now? Will he look back without regret? How will he lead his life … to his potential or coasting? Will he be ambitious, make a difference, affect the world or will he be one of the sullen faces in the crowd?
Time is an interesting beast, it goes by so fast and yet so many of us let those hours and days, months and years just fly be without really living the way we want. So many people feel trapped, don’t enjoy their jobs, or their home life, and don’t make opportunity for themselves. Yet to a large degree that is ALL within our own control. I recently watched the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith about a single dad who overcomes incredible hardship to become a very successful stock broker. Based on a true story, it is very inspirational. I have also blogged in the past about the hardships Abraham Lincoln overcame before becoming President of the United States.
You don’t have to be a super successful stock broker, or the President of the USA. You don’t even have to become a manager or a “guru”. What you DO have to become is “comfortable in your own skin”. You have to be happy with who you are and how you live your life … at work and at home!
I’m betting my son will make a difference in this world … I’m also betting he will have a hangover when he shows his face today!!!
In order to be comfortable with yourself and your life you don’t necessarily have to change your circumstances, what you do need is the right attitude … and that is all within your control!!!
I like who I am! I have made my share of mistakes and had some successes. I am the product of all my experiences … good and bad, and I am comfortable in my skin.
Are you able to say that?