I don’t have it all figured out. I live a life of constant growth learning and development. I love reading and consuming information. But as I grow I believe maturity at times can be recognizing your own ignorance. As I learn more I realize that there are some questions that may never be answered on this side if life. Could ignorance be bliss? Sure it can because the moment you realize that you don’t know it all is the moment you are free from having to know it all. Ignorance is bliss because you can stand confidently in who you are without having to have it all figured out.
I hate to admit it, but I used to pretend I knew it all. I had my “stuff” together and all my ducks were in a row. I used to think I was wise beyond my years, and maybe that is true, but I’m not that smart. Truthfully, there are times that we all think that way. There are times that we all have pride that creeps in the back door of our lives and we don’t immediately recognize it.
Not only did I think I knew it all, but I used to try to fix people. I thought I had all the answers and could solve the deep problems of someones life. I’m sure there were people that I helped and encouraged along the way, but I can’t fix people. I can love them. The lesson I have learned is that love is the great equalizer. In my ignorance or someone else’s ignorance love should be the common ground.
A young man came to me today and was seeking advice on certain career changes he was making. He was trying to enter into a field I got out of so he thought that I could naturally speak on the subject. He was debating on whether or not go to go back to school. He felt he needed the degree on his resume to get his foot in the door. What am I supposed to say? I can’t say go to school or not because I don’t know what is right for him.
I told him he was responsible for his course. Everybody’s map in life is different. Wisdom is the ability to discern your steps. Wisdom is not copying someone else’s path. Wisdom is failing forward and getting back up and learning from your mistakes.
Sure there are universal truths and principles that can guide a person. I love lists and “10 ways to improve your life”, but eventually it is about a person carving out a path.
My hope is to encourage people and show them that they have potential. I want people to understand their value even if they are full of mistakes. My goal, for when I meet a seeker like myself is to love them while they are on the journey. Life is much more fun that way. Do your self a favor and allow your self to be ignorant. It’s ok…