Are You Living A Metaphor?

I think that there are some people who know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, and they grow up and do it and they never regret it. I’m sure these people exist, and I’m sure their occupations (or lack thereof) span the spectrum. From bench park bivouacs to brain surgeons, some people find their calling young.

My friend Shawn and I have known each other since we were fourteen years old. When I first met him, he told me he wanted to be an architect. He is. He loves it. He is living and loving his true calling. Now he might argue that he isn’t, that he would like to mix it up and design different kinds of buildings. Fair enough, but at least Shawn has given himself the option by becoming an architect in the first place.

A lot of us, fearful of the consequences of pursuing our true calling, pursue a safer calling instead – this safer calling comes with no real risk. We might get a PhD. in American fiction so that we can avoid sitting down and writing our own great novel, or we will work and earn a professional position that pays well and affords a nice lifestyle, so that we can more easily tell ourselves that we didn’t really want to be an actor, or fisherman, or politician or Mom.

Are you living a life less ordinary?

Or is your current life a safer calling, a metaphor for something else?


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