There’s never, ever, any guarantee of success.
But if life hands you a stroke of luck, you must match it with your own tenacity.
Taking the strange path in life, intentionally or not, means a very, very hard and dangerous road.
I think about the Autistic people I knew, and the severely socially anxious people I knew, and I think about their lives, and wonder what it would have been like, if I could have been protected from the world like them, and lived within my own tiny little world, like they do.
A few years ago, I would have advised them to take on the world, but now I’m not so sure. They should definitely find ways of having friends, but the workplace is just… hard. It’s hard for anyone, but it’s particularly hard for really sensitive people, and people who aren’t socially skilled, and there just doesn’t seem to be any way around that.
In any case, if you do pull the lucky card, and you catch the bolt of lighting, don’t let it go, until it takes you where you want to go, no matter how much it hurts, because you might not get another one, and every other option just hurts more, and the agile part of your life is very short.
Though, I suppose to caveat that, do have an exit strategy… you want to be going somewhere, not just frying in place…
(The title quote is from a song by Pearl Jam, called “Nothingman.” It has inspired me a lot lately.)