Some of us spend our lives searching for the "ideal"--ideal moments that take our breath away, ideal people to associate ourselves with, ideal situations to finally be happy, ideal circumstances to fulfill a dream...
And sometimes, we do cross paths with that "ideal"--and it feels like it was meant to be, like nothing could possibly be better, like it is too good to be true.
But what if what you think is ideal for you really isn't? What if "ideal" will give way to complacency? What if "ideal" will limit your access to new opportunities and adventures? What if "ideal" is what you want but really not what you need?
It is one thing to know what you want but we're not always honest about or even know what it is we really need. And many times, this "ideal" tends to reflect more of what we want on the surface and underneath, lack what we need.
Now don't mistake this for disguised pessimism. Sometimes, "ideal" is really just that...ideal--it works, feels good, comes naturally, it is picture perfect, polished, easy, obvious, doesn't take us too far out of our comfort zone...
But there is a possibility that this "ideal" that we create in our minds and assign parameters to based on our understanding of what we think is out there, is possible or is good enough, could really be mediocre.
And that leaves the possibility that the rough and irregular, smeared and unimpressive "not-so-ideal"--as unconventional as it may seem, could be hiding the most exceptional treasure.
The "ideal" comes easy because we can adjust it the same way we created it, to fit "the" mold. But the exceptional usually requires us to open up, step out of our comfort zone and give the unlikely a chance.
And on the rare occasion that we take a leap of faith, give the unexpected a chance and land on a real diamond, it makes the cutting and polishing all worth it.