Grow Up…Or Follow Your Dream

I get the message every other gifted person does, and it comes in various phrases and structure. “Grow up and face reality,” rather than “follow your dream!” Folks would think you’re doing great when you do the things you have a nack for, but the moment you decide to take a step further, they’re horrified. They’d want to open  your eyes to reality, and would rather have you chase security instead. But there’s no security anywhere. If you manage to build your shell, you can ask yourself a question, “what would I leave this world with? Legacy and fulfillment? Or regrets that you could have had more. You will find creativity in reaching the depth of your soul but folks just tell you that you’re losing it. I mean – let’s face it – most of the world’s genuises battle with mental disorders. 

Let’s start with Abe Lincoln; the great emancipator who managed to lead America during one of her challenging times suffered from severe depression most of his life. Ludwig von Beethoven had bipolar disorder. The great Michelangelo‘s single-minded routine may have been as a result of high functioning on austism spectrum, according to a paper published in The Journal of Medical Biography in 2004. Vaslav Nijinsky, considered to be the greatest male dancer in the early 1900s was schizophrenic. The legendary Muhammed Ali suffered from Parkinsonism most of his life. Sigmund Freud, the famed founder of psychoanalysis, was particularly fascinated with cocaine and he abused it for many years. Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Anthony Kiedis, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Marley, Majek Fasek, Natalie Cole, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and many other celebreties around the world battled with drug addiction.

History has done a fine job to prove that there’s a strong link between genuises and mental disorders, but you need to remind yourself that not every gifted person on the surface of the earth is a mental case. Man was made to be expressive; we are all wired to “do something!” And your life start to make sense when you know what you are wired to do and you act accordingly. Anyone can do what you do, but nobody can add your own twist to it. 

 So then, if I decide to grow up and face the reality of going after security, I’ll die someday. And if I choose to follow my dreams, I’ll die someday too…but fulfilled. 

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