Don’t be a fish trying to climb a tree. (photo by Bibi's Culinary Journey)
By Nancy Cruse
Ah, the month of May! Yards filled with red and yellow tulips, crab apple trees in purple bloom, grass growing out of control from the nearly-every-day spring rains, and silly string being sprayed all over everyone at graduations. For those of you graduating, I’d like you to keep this in mind: you can’t be anything you want to be.
Wait, you are saying, my parents always told me I could be whatever I put my mind to. Well, they lied to you. You can’t. Each and every person on this earth has God-given talents and abilities. You may want to be the next Michael Jordan but that may not align with the plan God put into place long before you were born.
Our Creator gave each of us certain talents and abilities to accomplish certain things on this earth. We all have worth and value. As Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Don’t spend your life feeling inadequate because you are trying to be something you weren’t meant to be.
The biggest mistake most people make is not taking time to get to know themselves. Who are you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What do you do that makes you feel good about yourself? What do you love? Most importantly, what makes you feel passionate? If you have passion for something you will not only be successful, you will be happy, which frankly, is far more important. I think LL Cool J said it best, “Do what you love; you’ll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get this one right away.” Let me repeat this concept: do what YOU love, not what someone else thinks you should do or what you think you should do because it will give you the biggest income.
Don’t be a fish trying to climb a tree. Find the river you can be passionate about, take a deep breath, and dive in.
Nancy Cruse has been part of the Bloomington/Normal community for the past almost 30 years. A widow, with five children, along with her late husband was a small business owner in downtown Bloomington. Now employed by State Farm, Nancy is active in the community, writing the Clare House newsletter and maintaining their Facebook page, hosting an annual Fourth of July Food Drive, a team leader and fundraiser for the Pat Nohl Lupus Walk, and a member of Toastmasters International, as well as volunteering in various capacities at Holy Trinity Church and schools. In her spare time, Nancy likes to run, bike, hike, read, sew, and be a vegetarian who occasionally indulges in a Schooners Tenderloin.
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