Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Everything that’s wrong about you is everything that’s right about you

Contrary to what’s portrayed in the movies, three’s rarely one defining moment of conception that changes everything. Life is rarely that simple or that cinematic. 

Instead, we usually experience a series of events and epiphanies and inspirations and omens that, when later examined as an entire family of moments, points to a larger journey with a trajectory and a purpose. 

The hard part is, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to believe that the whole of your experience is conspiring to lead you in the right direction. You have to know that each one of those moments is a bead, and there is a strain that connects them all. 

Accidental preparation, as my mentor once called it. The fertile soil where instinct and intuition flourish. The experience of invest thousands of hours and gallons of sweat doing something small, that later proves to be the training ground for something big. 

My cousin has struggled with a significant learning disability for as long as I can remember. As a child, he struggled in his head, in his heart, in his classes and with his tutors. Even as an adult, he reads between a sixth and ninth grade level, with a language processing speed in the bottom fourteen percent of the population. 3

And yet, he earned a doctorate in molecular virology and microbiology, conducted groundbreaking research for three years at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and now advocates for students and adults with learning disabilities. 

Did he have any idea that all those sleepiness nights as a child would be the beads on the strain of his life? Not in a million years. But with the help of a supportive family, he didn’t dismiss his native background, and he believed that everything that was wrong about him was everything that was right about him. 

And that laid the foundation for the inspiring journey that is his life. 

How could you let go of everything you’ve tried and built and accomplished so far, except for the person you’ve become, and use that as the raw material for whatever comes next?

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