My favorite quote still to this day that I can repeat over and over is from my favorite movie, A Bronx Tale.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”
To me talent is basically “natural skill- something that comes without thinking.” Natural skill doesn’t have to mean that you have to be born with it. I know I wasn’t a talented dancer when I first started dancing my freshman year of high school, but I knew that it challenged me mentally and physically. To progress, I needed to practice, practice, practice. My passion for dance and improving came natural, without thinking. What interests you so much that you’re willing to work harder for it? It doesn’t have to be athletic either. Perhaps you’re outgoing- people need your positivity; LIFE needs your positivity. Maybe you’re an introvert-people need your calmness and your great listening skills.
It is what you do with that talent that truly sets the tone for the rest of your life. So many people get so burnt out with work, marriage, kids, soccer practice, ballet rehearsal, yet they forgot what made themselves happy. Working with animals, helping the elderly, taking a paint class, playing some basketball at the local Y, what’s missing in your life?
The other day, I had a tough time deciding what I wanted to add onto my weekly schedule. I asked my best friend for advice and she said that without a doubt I should follow my passion. She explained that people need my energy, my smile, and the fact that I haven’t let my love for it die. People need that inspiration!
In the movie A Bronx Tale, Calogero “C” goes through many hurdles in life but he always has his mentor and second father figure, Sonny, and his own father always reminding him not to let his talent go to waste. Lorenzo doesn’t understand Sonny’s ways because he is the mob boss of the neighborhood, however both of them want the best for Sonny away from the gangster life. Sonny goes out of his way to save “C” from the peer pressure of his Italian gangster friends and pushes “C” to continue his studies in school, to follow his heart and not follow his mobster footsteps. His father Lorenzo, stresses that “the working man is the tough guy,” making it a clear priority for Calogero to understand the difference between easy money and actually having to get up day after day to provide for your family. Both Sonny and Lorenzo were gearing “C” to make the best of his life.
Helping other people finding their WHY for life has become so important to me. Today, I challenge you to truly think deep inside your heart. What is your talent, and what are you doing to keep it alive? I promise you, if it stays hidden, you will regret 20 years from now not embracing it. One small thing can change your life, and that is what was stressed in the movie above and why this quote is forever my favorite. Follow your talent, that is where your happiness lies.