Jon — literally just this morning I was questioning two paths I had in front of me. Now my reason for debate was clear. The two paths were both accomplishable, even though I valued one WAY over the other when it came down to it. The first is preparing for an opportunity that will come in a few years (I know, a little confusing, but true). The other is something that I can go for now but not once the opportunity comes around. I value the one to come much more than the opportunity now, but I am tempted to fill the time in the meantime by the second opportunity.
Jon, your article is exactly what I am struggling with now. Even more so now, I feel as though perhaps the second opportunity will indeed be a distraction from the first. This is what worries me, and why I continue to debate it in my mind — because I don’t want that to happen.
Sometimes, it is so hard to understand and differentiate what is a reaction/distraction vs. a valid opportunity. I personally believe passions are multiple in life, but even so, one should have a clear idea of where they want to go.
However, in the end, if my passion is great enough for the most-valued path, perhaps the opportunities in between are just another piece of life and the diverse experiences that come along the path to reaching greater goals and achievements…