A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. A doing word then.
What brought today’s subject to mind was reading this quote from Stephen Fry.
Fry wrote, “Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”
When you set out to ‘become’ whatever you decide to do when you’re young you are generally doing it for the wrong reasons. There is a lot of outside influence on these decisions from a certain age. School, friends and family being the most influential.
From a younger age you can be anything. Artist, actor, rocket scientist, astronaut, racing car driver or a combination of all. But once we are on a path we chose from those teenage years we can be stuck. We’ve become a noun.
A nagging feeling we are not fulfilling our potential haunts us. This is not only from these early but from a deeper search for meaning.
That nagging feeling can lead us to ‘chuck in’ our career and go for our passions. A disaster waits for those who burn the lifeboats as it were with that decision.
Trying things out once we are established is more easily done these days. We can keep some measure of security whilst doing the things we believe we are passionate about.
We can be verbs.
We can be people who are doing.
Take advantage of this time of technology and freedom to try things. Something might stick and become a different path for you.
Being a noun is not what we are here for. We are here by a trillion to one chance and by remembering even the joy of thinking through, dreaming about, what we could be is being a verb.
Take a moment now to daydream about doing something other than what you’re doing today. A creative endeavour perhaps. Ponder it. Bring it to life in your mind. Maybe write it down.
Awesome! Now take that feeling into the day with you and remember to be a verb.
Have a great week.