By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist
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Recently I received a gift that might make a dream come true for me: a project vehicle. Now, some may say that this isn’t worth fixing. Some may say it could be a waste of time. It could be a money pit, sure, but I won’t know until I try.
This project is so much more representative than just being a project bike. While I will have to do a lot of work to even get it to a point to make it run again, and even more to make it road worthy, there is so much more that I can do to it to really make it my own.
That is the funny thing about value. Everything has a different value to everyone as individuals. I look at this bike, and see the bike I want to make it. Someone else might look at it, and see a 1984 Honda Goldwing, restored to its original glory. Some may see it as scrap metal. Some may just see it as a nuisance.
When we think of a project, rarely do we ever think of ourselves, although we are the greatest project we will ever undertake. Every task we commit to, so we can make ourselves better is a project, every achievement we make consists of working on a project. But only when things are really rough do we question if we are worth it.
That can be a real issue in life, wondering if we are worth our own time. It can be a struggle to believe in ourselves, and believe that we have the ability to make the changes we want to make. But I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am at today if someone didn’t take a look at me, the overweight drug addict I was, and take a chance on me. Maybe that person saw that I could go forth and help others, and achieve whatever I set my mind to, or maybe that person just thought I was worth the chance.
When we look at others, do we have the ability to see them for who they could be, and not as they are? Do we have the ability to show love towards someone who may not understand how to show it back? Are we patient with others who may not be as experienced in life as we are, and take the time to help them instead of judge?
When we look at someone who might be best represented by the picture, can we see them for who they could become, or do we think they are not worth the time?
See, this whole time I am comparing an old motorcycle to a person, but make no mistake by thinking they are equal. A motorcycle engine can lose compression, and it really would not be worth fixing, but it is rare that a person could lack so many redeeming qualities that they could be considered worthless.
Regardless of if your “project” is yourself or someone else, you need to keep in mind that you yourself are not superhuman, and you can’t save the world if you lose yourself first. Even as we age older, we need to remember that age is not just decay, but growth as well (Tuesdays With Morrie reference). We have a chance to learn something new every day, and a chance to keep the world alive in our minds.
After all, you are not worthless. You have much value, and you probably don’t understand how much you mean to those around you who love you. So you owe it to yourself to make it a project, and become the best person you could be.
P.S. Thanks to Tom R. for making this all possible.
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