The Balance of Hard Work and Lived Experiences
Si Woo Kim is the youngest player ever to win the 2017 Player Championship at the age of 21. Simone Biles was 19 when she won gold medal after gold medal at the 2016 Olympic games. Malala Yousafzai was 16 when she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Age isn't just a number, but also a reference point. Where were you at 16? What did you focus you efforts on at 19? Who were you at 21?
Constant comparison to others is inevitable in our age of social media and it certainly can be done to an unhealthy degree. However, to observe the accomplishments of others illuminates how we are spending our days. It stirs the question we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives:
What am I doing with my life?
Questioning the direction of your life is healthy for we have an infinite number of ways to be in this lifetime. We all have the agency to thrive, but we are bound by the circumstances we are born into. Si Woo, Simone, Malala, all grew up in different circumstances and yet I can extract some similarities: they all undoubtedly made sacrifices to stay dedicated to their craft while simultaneously staying open to opportunities. Parents attempt to ingrain a strong work ethic in their children knowing studying/persevering/focusing allows them to explore the vast opportunities of this world and break through confines. On the flip side of the same coin, seeing and experiencing life allows for discoveries of opportunities.
And so we attempt to do both; stay focused in the direction of our dreams all the while saying yes to invitations to live life, so that when the time comes and we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others, we are at peace with ourselves.
P.S. Go forth knowing...