Acceptance

What’s my favorite word? BITCH!

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In Too Short’s song, I Wish I Was A Baller, Too Short talks about wishing to be taller and played basketball and so forth so he can get a girl. Now I don’t know for sure if this is how he really feels or if he is just creating art, but the sentiment is still the same. People think that because they’re missing a physical trait or attribute, that it is the reason they can’t succeed. Now don’t get me wrong, war torn cities and outside forces can stop people from achieving certain things. This is not what I’m saying. What I am talking about is acceptance to ourselves. If you’re short, accept that you’re short. If you’re not smart, accept that you are not smart. The reason is that once we’ve accepted our shortcomings, we can start working towards other areas that we can control to make up for these uncontrollable “deficiencies”.

Let’s examine someone who is “not smart”. Rather than focusing on this and being sad about not being as smart as the next person, the person should just accept that they cannot compute information as fast as the next person and that it is perfectly fine. Someone will always be smarter or dumber than you. So what must be done? The person should accept that they may not be as smart as the average person. Once this acceptance is realized, then the person can then work on their shortages. Going back to our example, if the person knows they are not smart and accepts it, what is the next step? The answer is to increase both time and effort into the field they want to improve on. As mentioned previously, being “smart” is really just someone understanding something at a faster rate. So as long as our “dumb” person puts in the time and effort, they can eventually be “smart” too. In life, everything takes time. Contrary to what people may think, Usain Bolt, was not born the fastest person. Sure he had natural physical gifts that placed him above the norms, however, he still had to put time and effort into improving his skills to eventually become the fastest man alive.

To quote Bruce Lee, “There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” If we don’t accept our shortcomings, we’re basically plateauing and we look for excuses to explain our plateaus. In order to eventually be the best version of ourselves, we must look beyond and un-limit ourselves. Only by looking beyond, were we able to land on the moon.

Going back to Too Short, since he was not tall, he accepted he’s not tall and start working on something that he is good at, which is rhyming and creating songs. Something that he became an expert at with time and effort. By channeling towards his “good” qualities, he created his own success that enabled him get his own Leoshi and 6-4 Impala.

Author: Nhan Le

By way of Anaheim, CA.

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