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You Could Even Amaze Yourself

Updated on June 13, 2017
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Bob Craypoe (also known as R. L. Crepeau) is a musician, writer, webmaster, 3D artist, and creator of the "Punksters" comic strip series.

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Generally speaking, in this modern age, we are bombarded daily with negativity. Trying to maintain a positive attitude in such an onslaught may be difficult for some people. As a result, many people are reluctant to pursue goals or to try new things. Many think to themselves "why bother" or "why even try?"

Often, we are programmed to think a certain way because your life is expected to progress a certain way. You are born, you go to school, you graduate, you go to college, you get a job that will be what makes up your career, you get married, you have children, you retire and then you die. I may have left out a thing or two but you get the basic idea.

Goals for most people usually fall within the parameters I just laid out. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of people are not entrepreneurs and most people generally just go for the average nine to five type of job. At the end of each day, after they come home from that job, many people just sit on the sofa and watch television until it is time to go to bed.

We are basically programmed to think that once we begin working in the vocation of our choice, there are no professional goals really for us to pursue. I'm not referring to things like promotions or anything of that nature. Most obviously hope for advancement or advancement opportunities. But beyond that, what kind of professional goals do we pursue? What kind of dreams do we still have?

Okay, now I have said the dreaded D word, dream. Many people look at dreams as being unrealistic expectations regarding a person's future. Sure, I had a dream of being an astronaut or a cowboy when I was a little kid but then I grew up. That's the kind of thinking people have regarding dreams. But there are such things as realistic dreams. There are dreams that truly are attainable.

Many people give up on their various dreams because after a while, they begin to form the opinion that there is no realistic way for them to attain it. Many give up out of frustration. Some may even try for a while and just give up hope.

But if you think in terms of each person's life having a meaning and a purpose specific to them, then you should also be willing to ask yourself if you are meeting your purpose. Are you using all of your abilities, knowledge, experience and various talents? If not, then you may not be fulfilling your purpose. And sometimes when that is the case, we do have a feeling gnawing at us that tells us that we are living an unfulfilled life. This can often lead to depression.

As people, we are all individuals. Every person who has ever lived is unique. Not every one of us have the same talents and abilities. Some of us are blessed with great artistic talent while others struggle to draw stick figures. Some of us are great musicians while others could not carry a tune if it was handed to them. Some have great mathematical or scientific minds. Others may have great business minds. The point is that we each have our gifts.

The thing is, though, when we are not using our various gifts, we have feelings like a lack of fulfillment in our lives. We may then become depressed as a result. This is because we are not being who we truly are and what we were truly meant to be and, in many cases, there is no way to fill that void by doing anything other than using those talents, abilities or gifts.

I know this from my own personal experience. I am a creative person by nature. If I go through an extended period of time without doing anything creative, I begin to feel unfulfilled and I actually start to become depressed. It's just that I am not conforming to what is part of my true nature and that, in part, is being a creative person.

I have a few abilities and talents that I use as a means of utilizing my creativity. I am a musician, writer and 3D artist among other things. Those things are enhanced by my creativity just as my creativity enhances those abilities. They complement each other. They are all a part of what makes me who I am as an individual.

Now notice how I used the term individual as opposed to using the term person. Individual is a better term because it implies that I am unique, just as every person that has ever been born into this world. So are you pursuing goals that conform to your own uniqueness? If not, you may not be fulfilling your purpose and you may never get achieve the level of happiness in your life that would normally coincide with that feeling of fulfillment.

If you make certain efforts towards using those abilities that you have been fortunate enough to have been gifted with, you may surprise yourself as to what you are able to accomplish. You can't always worry about what others may think. They are not you and nobody could ever fully understand what it means to be you. remember, you are the only you you are. So be the only you that only you can be. A funny little play on words there but you probably get the point.

I have a serious mental condition. Okay no sarcastic comments here! But my mental condition is that I have to feel as if I am fulfilling my purpose in life. It is also my belief that I have been born with certain gifts that enable me to do certain things that others have not been born with. Those things are meant to be used and not to lay dormant, going to waste.

I have achieved some things in life that I would never have dreamed that I would simply because I tried. Yes, I said tried. All I ever had to do was try. I could make a million excuses for not trying anything. Who knows, maybe making excuses is another talent I possess. I've made my share during my life. But seriously, once I stopped with the excuses for not trying, I actually started racking up some achievements in my life that involved the use of my various talents and abilities.

So in order to sum things up and drive some sort of point home, I just want to say that you could do it to. You could stop making excuses and you could start doing the things you were meant to do. And in the process, you could even amaze yourself by what you can achieve.


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