It has occurred to me that I am past the point in life where showing "potential" is a true compliment. My whole life, from kindergarten through college, I kid you not, I've been told that I have potential. Even now, my supervisors tell me that I have "potential."
A professor told me that one of my papers - certainly not my best work - displayed "more promise than product." That seems like an accurate description of my life up until now. I show promise. I'm bright. I work hard. I turn in good quality reports, assignments, essays, or whatever is asked of me. But there's not a solid product that comes out of that.
Have you seen those t-shirts people put on their babies that say, "Be patient, God isn't finished with me yet." Well, there's a part of me that truly understands that when God is finished with us, we die and go to Heaven...so I'm not ready to be finished, but there's the American part of me that just wants to live up to my potential and start showing some product.
Maybe this has to do with still being in school (for just a bit more than two months longer yet), or not having the job I thought I'd get at graduation from Cal.
In any case, I've got a lot of potential but as yet haven't really lived up to it yet.
It's still early enough in the year that I can say that I'm going to use this year to do just that. To find just what potential I WANT to live up to and to actively pursue doing that, abstract though it that may seem.