Last week, at the end of the poem, Resting in the arms of Fate, I asked the question, “would you rather be mediocre at something you love or great at something that, though is uniquely your own, you never wanted?” Most people rephrased the question in their heads as would you rather be mediocre at something you love or great at something you hate. No, no, no, I would never have asked something so easy.
In the context of the poem, what I meant was, we all have God given gifts, or natural talents. Sometimes, you discover that you are naturally good at something that never occurred to you before. Do you owe it to fate to use your gifts for good? If you are not talented enough in the work that you always wanted to do, do you forget your natural abilities and push on through trying to bend fate to your own will?
To make the question clear, I’ll use myself as an example. I always loved music and wanted nothing more than to sing and play my guitar. And though I can hold a tune, I was never going be able to make music a career in the hyper competitive field with people that possess some insane natural abilities… Let’s forget the fact that there are some insanely untalented people that make it.
On the other hand, other than songs, I never wanted to be a writer. Some people can’t imagine doing anything other than writing, whereas for me, I possess some natural talent for it, but not enough devotion to it to religiously nurture my craft. If I were to fully give-in to this God given ability, then maybe I would be amazing, but I am too fascinated with music to give writing prose, or even poetry, the time it deserves. I don’t hate writing, rather, I like it. It’s just not my passion. However, on occasion, my writing has been able to help others, so it could be thought of as selfish not to use the ability.
These layers make the question more about who we are as people. Of course we would all like to do something we love over something we hate. But, if you have the ability to use your super powers for good and you are not necessarily in love with the super power you got, do you owe it to the world to use them anyways? If you wanted to be Superman but had to make it work as Wolverine, do you keep on trying to fly, when God put you here to conquer?
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