Updated: Jan 3, 2020
There is perhaps no greater tragedy than that of unrealised potential.
When you’re born, you’re essentially all potential.
You possess an array of physical potential,
And dare I say even moral and spiritual potential.
More often than not, unfilled or unrealised potential is associated with career success - but I would argue it’s so much more than that.
It’s not so much about what you’ve managed to achieve (or not), but more so about what kind of person you’ve managed to become.
In not comparing yourself to others, but rather comparing yourself to who you were yesterday.
You actually have a choice.
You can approach the issue of potential by bouncing around and trying to do more and more.
Or you can simply be more present and get better, much better, at what you’re already doing.
For me at least, the tragedy of it all is not so much that you didn’t do all things you could have done, but rather that you haven’t lived up to being the person you were born to be.
You haven't moved into the fullness of your humanity,
You avoid or shirk your responsibilities to others and to yourself;
You don't always bring your best to each and every situation.
You can be sure that you're totally bound to fall short and get many things wrong along the way, but that's a normal part of the process, not an excuse not to try.
Any lack of ability you may have can be very easily forgiven – but your lack of effort or genuine care, is a much more difficult thing to grasp.
The definition of health, as I see it, is to live a full human life. This could be considered your ultimate purpose in life as well.
So by that definition, you're actually called upon to reach beyond your limitations and move towards being all you can be.
Not so much to attain some external goal or status you've set out for yourself, but rather to simply live up to your responsibility for being afforded the gift of life in the first place.