During a recent conversation an acquaintance exclaimed “but Joe Paul, you can’t have it all”. That particular sentence continued to hover around my thoughts through the duration of the conversation as I attempted to understand exactly what “all” meant specifically to me. I started wondering if my expectations in life were too high, so high that perhaps they were unreachable. I started wondering if this person was right about the comment they had made. I kept asking myself, can you have it all?
I quickly snapped out of it and reminded myself that of course you can have it all and then some. I think where some people go wrong is having lowered expectations of themselves and their surroundings. Too many people are satisfied with shooting the lay-up rather than taking a chance at the half-court shot. Clearly, one has a higher propensity to go in while the other may never go in at all. However, you will never know if you will make the half-court shot if you never shoot the ball. I choose to shoot from half-court because even if I miss, at least I gave it a shot. Furthermore, I will continue to shoot it until I eventually make it. Maintain the understanding that if you keep shooting, eventually one of those shots will go in.
It is perfectly fine to reach for the stars. It is perfectly fine to want the very best that life has to offer. It is perfectly fine to have great expectations. There will be people who will tell you that it is impossible. Commit to memory that what is considered impossible to some, may not be impossible to all. Just because they believe that you can’t have it all doesn’t mean that you have to adopt that debilitating mind-set. I can’t imagine living a life where I was simply ok with whatever life hands me. I want it all and that is what I am going to continue to strive for. I will not stop until I have it and neither should you.
Do not allow those without vision to distract you from yours. Define the “all” and pursue it with vigorous passion. I believe that you can have it all if that is what your heart desires. Some people don’t want to see you fly because they lack the wings to soar themselves.
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