A lot can happen in ten minutes.
Throwback to two months ago on the night before my biology final when I decided to take a shower during the same time frame that SURPRISE Beyonce released an entire album on iTunes, for example, and I exited the bathroom the proud owner of a CD I didn’t even know I wanted when I was shampooing my hair (thanks, Grace).
So of course I listened to the Queen do her thing while I studied biology terms I can’t remember now, and it was then in her first song that I heard her answer the question, “What are your aspirations in life?”
[To which I replied with something along the lines of To pass this test or Sleep or, most honestly, Have you seen yourself Beyonce because I’m aspiring to be as cool as your fingernail or maybe even fifty-seventh eyelash from the right.]
But of course, the Queen just said, “Oh, my aspiration in life would be, to be happy.”
And of course, she’s got it right.
Being involved in dance and writing, I’m reminded daily that I’ll never be proficient enough at transitions. The words will probably never be exactly right and I could probably adjust my movement a few milliseconds between each picture to be more effective in my tone. So I could make ultimate aspirations of perfecting my transitions in order to be a professional dancer and writer, but I think that for the same reasons Beyonce’s aspirations don’t include “professional singer/goddess-like fitness/epitome of entertainment,” my own desires may be better suited in the pursuit of achieving an idea rather than a distinct title.
When you get to a new place, everyone’s immediate response is some form of “Well what do you want to do next?” You’re in high school and everyone wants to know what you’ll be doing in college. You get to college and then everyone wants to know where you want to head next. Your career is treated as some finality, and your means of becoming financially stable and a contributor to society suddenly appear to be the single achievement that has any real meaning.
However, as I am currently journeying towards my career, I’d have to say my favorite married lady who sings about all the single ladies is on to something: having broad aspirations of achieving a state of being allows us to create small goals and experience small victories, exploring and involving ourselves in so much more than direct stepping stones to becoming a doctor or a cellist or physicist.
When you choose to fill your transitions and experiment with all of the negative space around you – rather than making a distinct beeline – you begin to grasp the vast amount of choices you can make in order to achieve in ways you never knew you wanted to.
That’s not to say that if you know what you want to do, you should disregard these dreams.
I think it’s important to realize how multifaceted success can be.
There’s small victories to be found everywhere, and what kind of pictures can really be accomplished without movement through these highlights?
[Articles aren’t composed of just lists of quotes, and try to get off the floor in a nice second leap without utilizing your plie.]
So before focusing on the beginning and the end, I think it’s important to focus on how you’re getting there.
Are you aspiring to inspire change, to be happy, to be successful… there are so many options that extend beyond the labels given to the manifestation of our talents (painter, police officer, lawyer). And when you get down to it, we’re all just people finding our own ways to fill the space we have here on earth.
Accept the challenge to see what you can make happen in just ten minutes.