Does my title stress you out a bit? Have you heard that word too many times before? It's a word that drives me wild; 'Potential.' At least it used to. It was the subject of most report cards, emails, and conversations between my parents and teachers growing up. And it's frustrating. Potential is the elusive carrot on the stick, the final holographic X-men card that you'll never possess, the thing you see yourself having (being) but have not idea how to reach or become.
Driving to work the other day, one of my old favourite bands was blasting on my Spotify; it was their old stuff - memory stuff, until a new track played and a line stuck out to me. 'For all you've seen, you ain't seen nothing yet.'
There it was — elusive potential.
I've seen so much in the last few years. My wife and I have grown older; stronger, more 'together.' Beautiful babies burst into the world and grew too fast. We've lived in 6 (maybe 7) houses in 4 years, across two sides of the world, money has come, and money has gone, unlike friends who've just stayed. I've got closer to my potential and felt farther from it than ever before, and dreams have burst into life and from it like dust in the wind.
The thing I love about potential is this. It isn't about the vessel; it's about what is within it. It's the battery, the mustard seed, the latest smallest iPhone (ok, maybe not that). It's the newborn child, who is developing in real time faster than it ever will again. It's like a dandelion roaring across a fertile field. It's the words thought internally, meant to be shared. It's a contagion. An atom. It's an ant and a spark. It's a report card.
Your life might feel small, your ideas; not that original. None of that matters. Bring those out. Open up. Unleash the elusive potential. Fight to become the person you dream (wish, even) of being. See that person in the mirror. Speak to that person within yourself.
For all you've seen, you ain't seen nothing yet.