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When the wool comes off of your eyes.

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You’re a smart person. Educated. Assumingly well-versed at this thing called life. You make opportunities happen – the world is your oyster. What you want, you get, and you stop at nothing to make the world that surrounds you exactly what you want at that precise point in your life. It’s not being stubborn, it’s not arrogance. You have always carved out a path for yourself. Sometimes it lines up with what society prescribes, other times it doesn’t.

You’re your own person. Independent. Free-spirited. Well grounded. People tend to be impressed by your fierce, innate ability to know yourself. You’re a work in progress, sure, but you’re aware of the process and you keep digging.

So, when the wool that was once over your eyes is removed, that world that you created for yourself stands still. Stops spinning. Comes to a screeching halt. Maybe crashes down a bit.

Because you’re a smart person. Educated. Maybe you’ve even been here before, but in a different context.

You trust openly because respect, honesty, and integrity are essential to your soul. It’s how you operate. You’ve been burned but that doesn’t stop you from being willing to be vulnerable to the positives and negatives associated with trusting easily.

You have heard that you must surround yourself with greatness if you want to get anywhere in life. It’s all about “who you know” – so you make it a point to get to know the people you need to know.

You take risks. Travel great distances. Maybe not travel great distances, but in your heart and mind, you’re crossing oceans to pursue the opportunities you’re creating for yourself.

People say “you’re lucky” and outwardly, you smile. Inwardly, you roll your eyes. You’ve busted your ass to the moon and back to be where you are. You’ve worked hard, smashed through barriers, taken some shit, been quiet about a few things so you don’t upset the apple cart.

So when the wool that was once over your eyes comes off, you question who you are. If you even have half a brain. Wondering why you couldn’t see the signs.

Because part of your driven nature is to be blind to the blinders. This can happen in varying degrees. You are so laser-focused on one goal. You saunter, jog, sprint, FLY towards that goal. Nothing can stop you.

Until the wool comes off. And if you’ll remember, the last time this happened, you came back better, faster, stronger, wiser. These are important lessons to learn, though it would be preferable to learn them in a different context.

You suss out all the possible scenarios in your head, preparing for the worst and hoping for the best because that’s how you handle this type of situation. Living a life so driven and so focused means you weigh these things. It’s part of the process.

When the wool comes off and the answers are in front of you, and it’s actually the worst worst-case scenario, you sit. It’s shocking. The world will never be the same. You will never be the same.

You’ll get through it. You always do. And you come out on the other side better, faster, stronger, wiser. You make note of the signs, tuck them away. Because you’ll be damned if you have another dance with the wool again.

Better. Faster. Stronger. Wiser. And, next time? Loud about it. Let your voice be heard. Fuck that, make your voice be heard.

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  • Scott Cave

    Thanks. I needed to read this.