Path Less Traveled

I was watching an interview recently with the great Magic Johnson where he detailed his early desires of wanting to be a businessman. Many think of this name and associate it with basketball legend but Magic explained he wanted that and more. He spoke on how he was misunderstood by teammates who didn’t know why Magic wanted to hang around the owners and often times even criticized. While everyone was operating from one level, Magic was operating from another and planning his and his family’s future. This part of the interview hit close to home for me. Magic had a desire long before the plans were even set into motion. He was starting to plant seeds. I was inspired to write this piece..

When I was in high school, one of my peers asked me why I chose to ostracize myself. To be honest, I didn’t know what the word meant so I went right away to look it up. Hmm, I thought to myself, do I do this to myself? For as long as I could remember, I just had different plans that not many other people understood. I often felt like I didn’t belong but I didn’t fully come to grasp and accept what this was until well into adulthood.

When we are younger, its harder to stand out from a group because all most kids want is to be accepted and have fun. No one really wants to be the odd man out. As we grow, we become more in tune with our gifts, our talents and we begin to develop plans and goals. Its never easy being the person who seems to never fit in wherever you go but man do I know this story well.

As the years went by and I became more and more aware of the direction in which I wanted my life to go. I acknowledged and accepted my purpose and began the work necessary to live the life I envisioned for my family and myself. I became less and less inclined to do things that didn’t fuel my drive. When friends wanted to go out on the weekends, I had no desires to partake. 

My interests began to change and as a result, I lost many relationships along the way. People would ask me to hang out but I was much happier staying at home working on my craft or doing other things to better myself like working out or reading. Some had a few choice words to poke fun or down right criticize me because I’d much rather focus my attention on other endeavors. It used to effect me and there were even times I tried to suppress my goals and calling to fit in. That didn’t last long. 

If we dare to take the roads less traveled, there are going to be instances where we feel misunderstood and ostracized. Even in the loneliest of times when we feel we are going at it alone, I urge people to stay on the path. 

Magic went on to say in the interview he was glad he hadn’t listened to the people who didn’t understand what he was trying to do back then or else he wouldn’t be where he is today.

Even in one’s loneliest hour, we have to remember the dreams and the goals. We have to find ways to be mindful and hold stead fast to the visions and the journey of going towards things that many may never understand. 

“If you can’t dream it, you can’t achieve it.” -Magic Johnson 

Check out the full interview with Magic and Maverick Carter on Youtube.