Talk with Bill
Was speaking the other day with Bill, a 46 year old gallery manager, about
his ex-marine, adventurer, racing mechanic, athletic father. When Bill had
asked him, with all his abilities, why he hadn't done better in life, he
answered because he had kids. Great to hear that. Funny, my mom once
gave me the same answer.
At the time I had this take on the subject. I mentioned people at the
top are often superficial. They rode a wave of force that often came
before them. It was just like surfing, they took off and things came their
way. Sometimes extreme success limits our growth as humans. Not all
of life is experienced. Most of us, maybe like Bill's dad, are in the middle,
dealing with emotions, conflicts and the totality of human experience,
less black and white than the top. This is just another perspective,
not an anti-success writing. The middle, with its contradictions and
conflicting pulls, is often where the hard work is done and the stuff life
is made from.