It's a shame that so many people don't get this.
Because the people who think that in order to be
successful, we have to have amazing talents, eventually
become parents, and they teach their kids to abandon many
things they love because they'd be better off doing
something that they're "better" at. Well,
Jasmine may be better at math than she is at art, but if
she dislikes math and loves art, there's still room for
her in the art world, and a lifetime of working with
numbers may be something close to hell for her.
There are many, many decent writers who are making a
living doing what they love. They'll never win the
Pulitzers or the Nobels, but they certainly do contribute
to the world and do work that they love doing. There
are other writers who have incredible talent but who
squander it in various ways, and I'd say it's the former
who are doing better in life.
I've watched many, many people lose their enthusiasm for
things that they love because of the discouragement that
other offer them instead of encouragement. I see
others who never are satisfied with the work that they do
because they constantly compare it to the work of others
who are more talented than they are.
But the world is made up of different people of different
talents and abilities, and it's important that we keep in
mind the fact that though we may not have the greatest
talent in a certain area, we can still enjoy the work that
we do in that area, and we can still be very proud that we
work to the limits of our talents, or even push those
limits further to improve on our talent.