“ You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am Charley, let’s face it.” Terry Malone – On the Waterfront
It resonates because so many can identify with the plaintive message. We all know people who live in the past and regale us with their stories of what they could’ve done, what they could’ve been and what they could’ve had, if only….
There lies the rub. No one really cares. Lost perceived opportunities exist in the realm of science fiction parallel universes. If you had only asked that girl out, if you had got that dream job, if you had given up smoking, if you had started your own business, and any number of alternate choices had been taken, are fodder merely for idle day dreaming and sustenance of frustration.
The only thing that will ever impact our current reality is that which we do in the moment.
We can all be contenders. There is however one very significant hurdle to be cleared, one that few people ever scale. Virtually every conceivable achievement we ever attain will be defined by the limits of our comfort zone.
To be continued……