You hear the phrase, “Living up to your potential”, all the time from teachers. They say it to their students and change it a bit when speaking to the parents of said students. It’s an important alteration, “She is not working up to her potential”. What does it mean? She is not performing up to the standard that the teacher, instructor, boss, believes that she is capable of. She can certainly do a lot better. Perhaps, they seem to have made that student or employee a study.
I am well passed the stage that I am expected to perform up to anyone’s idea of what I can and cannot do. Anyone but me that is. I do have certain expectations of myself. The difficulty is, I don’t know if I have set my standards too high or too low. How does one judge what one’s current capabilities are? What ruler do we use?
You surely can not compare to another person of your age and similar physical traits. They are coming from a different time and place. Perhaps they began their journey with a higher mental acuity, natural strength, inherited talent. You can only be as good as you can be. The heights you reach are determined by the limitations you came into this world with. Is that true? I don’t think so.
To use the old cliché, tell the bumble bee that he can’t fly because his wings are too small. We are limited only by our own self-doubt.
So to get back to my dilemma, do I expect too little or too much of myself? Do I change my life’s desires because of the length of my years? Are hopes and dreams only for the young? No way!! I believe I will keep having those dreams and strive toward achieving them. I am going to keep that bar very high and continue to get annoyed on the days I don’t achieve the height I have set for that day. After all, I need to live up to my potential and that is, well …… the sky’s the limit.