We were all given specific “lanes” in life. There are lanes of business, arts and entertainment, family, government, education, and religion that we may have been designed to operate out of. You have the skills and abilities that have been specifically designed for you to go full speed ahead, if you embrace what you were called to do.
Oftentimes, though, as we are driving in our own lanes in life (out of the corner of our eyes) we watch others flying pass us and them seemingly enjoying what they love to do. In a matter of no time, their lifestyle becomes appealing and suddenly, our lanes aren’t as exciting to us anymore. We think: Her business is excelling very well, maybe I’ll go into business for myself. He has the perfect family; I think we will mimic what he’s doing. She just wrote a book; I think I’ll write one too!
You could have it all—the money, cars, prestige, etc., but aren’t quite sure where you fit in. For that reason, you have the potential to become attracted and enthused with another person’s life, talents, popularity, physical attractiveness, wealth, prestige, etc. When this happens, the potential to “sideswipe” or “merge” into the other person’s lane becomes easy. The bad part about this is that when you allow yourself to become enamored by every thing or person passing you by, you will keep switching lanes, which increases your risks of having an accident. Unfortunately, you risk hurting your passengers (family) or your insurance (the money you paid into your own lane, i.e. business, studio, book, etc.) going up–it doesn’t look too pretty for you because you weren’t licensed to be there.
No matter which lane you find yourself in, you have to make due with what you’ve got; you have to become satisfied with your own talents and abilities. Of course, there may be times when you are able to merge over and branch out into other areas; however, don’t do it just because someone else is doing it. Don’t stop what you’re good at just because someone else may “seemingly” have it altogether. Inevitably, know the speed at which you’re supposed to travel, know which lane to merge in (if you’re supposed to), and/or “stay in your own lane.”
***I thought I would share with you an excerpt from my book 🙂 ***