Baby Pull Up

This photo by Stanley Kubrick symbolizes a lot for me. It reminds me that no matter what my goals and dreams are, there will be others who have been working on similar dreams for years more than I have. They may have had privileges, parents and mentors who prodded them and supported them, while I had none of those advantages.

Like this child of a bodybuilder, they may have genes that suit their ambitions. You can see it so often: the painter whose parents were visual artists, the dancer whose parent was also a dancer, the musician who springs from a line of talented musicians, etc. Whereas their brains or bodies are inherently suited for success in a certain pursuit, the rest of us are swimming upstream…if we can even swim at all.

The challenge is to find some realm, any area, of individual experience that one can excel in. And practice and train there without fail or discouragement. No matter how much of a head start others have who will attempt to defeat you, you must find the will to test them and possibly win the contest.

I may admire and envy this infant who is already on the way to some kind of success. But that is no excuse for giving up, regardless of when I start training and before I even enter the competition.