It's quite a funny word isn't it, opportunity. I often hear it used in this context, "oh I wish I had the opportunity to..." or "if an opportunity came along I would..." and I am beginning to think that this thing called opportunity is simply a stroke of luck.
Dictionary.com defines this mysterious thing as
[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/ noun, plural opportunities.
1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion: Their meeting afforded an opportunity to exchange views. 2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal. 3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.
But I am still a little perplexed as to why we seem to look at opportunity as more a stroke of luck than a product of hard work. Admittedly, the definition kind of satisfied both of these proposals which kind of defeated the aim of the musing I began. But nonetheless I'm going to press on in the hope that my mindless musing inspires somebody somewhere.
When I was 19 I took the chance to see a corner of the world I hadn't before - a tiny rural community in southern Thailand called Takua Pa. If you've hung around me, or my writing for any amount of time you would know that this is a huge part of my story! I spent 4 weeks volunteering in an orphanage aided by a beautiful boutique Australian charity called Hands Across the Water. I literally could tell you stories from this trip and the trips that followed until I was blue in the face, but I won't. The point of referencing that trip was that for the weeks and months following, whenever I would tell someone what I had just done, more often and not they would be saying to me "oh wow, I wish I had that kind of opportunity" and I never understood how that could be there response.
Now I'm not saying that sometimes miraculous, mind blowing opportunities don't just present themselves. In fact I have my own miraculous, mind blowing opportunity that has come my way with an incredible group of people called The Supernova Tribe that has presented itself in such a wonderful way at the perfect time (watch this space), but even then the "opportunity" of being a part of this tribe has come around because of a whole series of other things that I chose to be a part of, and chose to work hard at. So did that opportunity really just "find" me, or did I to some extent find it?
For the sake of wanting to steer this musing away from being a wishy, washy, pie-in-the-skykind of ramble, the point I am trying to make here is don't let your eyes fall away from the fact that everything you do everyday is part of a bigger and grander plan. Some menial project at work may come up, but the skill that you had to build completing that menial project may be exactly what your employer needed to see to offer you that next promotion. Or the time that you poured your heart and soul into that project to see it bear great fruit may be just the encouragement that someone else needed to get their task! That European tour that your friends have asked if you want to go on in uni break may be just the exploration you needed to be reinspired with your studies!
I don't believe anything in this life happens in vain, so take life with both hands! Make the most of everything that comes your way! #yolo - because a huge part of that magical word opportunity, comes down to what we make of it the moments where we don't feel like we have very much!