My biggest fear is unrealized potential

I was watching some sort of race featuring runners circling a track for 4 laps…. the distance of a mile. To complete this in a competitive way, these men had to train and train and train and train. But also, they’re ability to excel in this arena is something they were born with, too.

As I watched, I thought about my experience running track in school. It’s very similar to my experience playing school football. It all adds up to absolutely nothing! I never ran track, nor did I play football. Not one 4×400, not one touchdown. These are a few things I wished were different, along with at least thinking about a couple years in the military. What I remember, though, about these 2 areas of my life (sports and military) is that I never even thought once about playing football. I never even thought once about joining the military. So to have regret doesn’t really make sense because not doing them wasn’t really a choice… it’s just something I never even considered.

All that to say this: I wonder if I could’ve done well as a track athlete. My sister ran track in college. My brother was on the track team in high school. I love running and I think I’m fast and have endurance, so I bet I would’ve been a decent runner. But I never did it.

So while I was watching these guys run, I thought further, “I hope at the end of my life I don’t look back and think about all this potential I had but never took advantage of it.” It’s easy to look back and think, “coulda woulda shoulda”…  but not as easy to look into the future or observe the present and think about how I can maximize my potential. Where are areas I can thrive? What strengths do I have that can help me shine and be the best in a particular area?

I don’t have the answers at the moment but I’m glad I saw those runners that day. It was a good reminder to do my best, stretch my abilities, and think about the opportunities that are obvious and the ones that are just below the surface.

-Out of the Wilderness

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