Recently at work my superior, and basically the person who thought me a lot of what I know today, decided to resign in pursuit of greener pastures. Perfectly normal thing that happens in any organization, but being a small company what that meant was that a lot of what he was doing was now going to fall on my shoulders. Now I’m not going to lie, that did freak me out a little bit Haha! actually a lot, as in my head all I could think of was “I barely have half a year’s experience under my belt” and “really how am I going to cope with all the pressure and expectation?” and “what if I screw up?” and so on. But frankly speaking and roughly three weeks into these strange waters I am actually pretty delighted at the opportunity because what it did was that it gave me the freedom to do things I probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to do so early on in my career and all the more better do it my way.
Yes, there have been one or two screw-ups (major understatement haha!) but I really do feel as though him leaving has kind of like injected steroids into my learning curve. Which made me wonder about how sometimes life presents opportunities in ways you can’t really imagine or envision, and in fact a lot of the times these opportunities camouflage themselves as difficulties. I was reading this quote the other day and it goes something like “The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg”. Now whoever came up with that quote was absolutely spot on or maybe just hungry haha! But it really just ultimately “boils” down to how you respond to things and what you are made of. Potato or Egg?
But you also can’t help but feel that a lot of the things that happen in our lives genuinely happen for a reason. From the people we meet to the people who leave our lives, from the people we love to the ones who break our hearts, from the challenges at work to the challenges at home, as far as am concerned, things almost always appear to have happened for a reason. You don’t have to be a person of faith to appreciate that, although it does help. I mean if you just take a step back and look at how things unfold you begin to wonder just how incredibly well structured our lives really are. At least that’s how I see it and I don’t mean that we are not in control of our lives, we are, but it just seems as though the things (people, difficulties, opportunities etc.) that present themselves in our lives, do so at exactly the right time. Like if you were faced with a particular difficulty slightly earlier on in life you probably wouldn’t have been able to cope but now seems like the right time.
I also think that one of the underlying beauties of life is it’s unpredictability, like no matter how routine your life seems to be, no two days are ever alike. And a new day always means new opportunities and new experiences. So value your days and the days of those you love (especially your parents) because we are all running out of them. And don’t fear difficulties because you never know what opportunities might lay hidden in them.
So finally, Potato or Egg?