In an episode of Game of Thrones the Queen of Thorns (man I love her) describes how her husband died. This "genius" was riding his horse looking up at the sky, not paying any attention to where his horse was taking him, and he rode off of a cliff. (And splat)
I think this is a great example of how a lot of people live their lives. Always daydreaming, stuck in an alternate reality and not paying any attention to where they are freaking going or doing in the here and now. I myself am guilty of this all the time but luckily my horse hasn't tried to fly yet, so I'm counting my blessings so far!
In the Buddhist Tradition they describe Four Noble Truths which in this post I wont go into really but even as a Christian I find really fascinating.
Then there is the Eight-fold Path to Enlightenment. And within this path they discuss the concept of "blooming where you are planted." The idea of doing the best you can do in the job you have been assigned no matter how big or small. Shit lets face it especially the small. With integrity and attention to detail.
I find a lot of times myself, and I'm sure you do too, playing futuristic mental movies about one day doing this or that, and how I wish things were. Or historical dramas about opportunities missed and how I wish I could have done a thousand things differently. Not all are bad though, sometimes I think back on some of the great times I've had, but what I have to realize and you need to realize is that all we have is right now. And right now is powerful.
If you honestly commit to yourself to bloom where you are planted, accept the situations you are in and pursue excellence in the moment. Then I guarantee that after a while those daydreaming bullshit circle jerk fantasies will give way to a life that you won't want to escape from.
Let me ask you a question. Who do you think a boss would promote first, a guy who is half-assed doing his job, complaining, and being a drama circus because he is better than this bullshit. Or a guy who accepts where he is, even if it sucks at the moment, is detail oriented and committed to excellence? Its not rocket science folks.
I challenge you to begin to take your life seriously, in the here and now. Not as you would wish it to be but as it actually is. Especially, if you think the job you have is totally wrong for you and you think your talents could be better used elsewhere.
We all have dreams and goals but don't miss out on the beauty that right now has. Too often we miss out on great opportunities or are passed over for great stuff because our attitude sucks. Nobody in a position of power is going to elevate a whiny little ass hat, but the person who is grinding and doing his or her best, life has a way of rewarding that kind of effort.
Remember life is a marathon not a sprint. We all make mistakes and come up short. But I hope you decide to bloom where you are planted. I heard a great quote once, "Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, and habits become your destiny." I hope your destiny is full of excellence.
Best of life, Kris