I’ve been thinking a lot about not living up to my potential. but then again, what really does potential even mean? is your potential defined by what your parents tell you that you’re capable of from a very young age and you grow up having this idea that you are capable of grandiose? or is potential something that society tells you that you have to live up to? Is it this idea that someone else set the standard and you living up to your potential is only set by the bar of their own achievements? Or, maybe, is potential what it means when you fully know what you’re capable of and you just know that you aren’t there yet?
For me, and I bet for you, a lot of guilt comes from feeling like you haven’t hit that “potential”. And I bet that any feeling of failure that you ever feel is defined by which of the three choices above you choose to align yourself with. What if instead of letting someone else tell us what we’re capable of, we instead decide on our own.
So where is the healthy balance between the expectations someone else sets for us and the understanding of what we know we are capable of? Is it healthy for someone else to have a say at all, or does it just lead to us never feeling good enough? Or does it help push us to places that we otherwise might just give up on?
I want to hear what you think because I think there’s a really important lesson to be learned here, I’m just not entirely sure what it is yet. Comment below, will ya babe?