I loved this piece. I had an awakening moment/s myself several years ago when I realised I was living my life through another, instead of experiencing my own life. That’s what happens when you see ‘potential’ in another. You want to nurture it in them, and in so doing, neglect your own.
The idea of running away (or walking) from future ‘potentials’ though could lead to a fixation. There’s that old saying ‘That which we resist, persists.’ Sometimes we have to walk towards it. Understand the attraction. Accept that part of us that is drawn in. If we need to pause and explore some more, then that is okay too. Live consciously.
Growing as a human being doesn’t always mean getting it right. Self-acceptance and forgiveness (towards self and others) are also vital components.