Potential

Potential. I have a love/hate relationship with this word. It’s what you could be, should be, but aren’t. And the closer you seem to get to it the higher the bar is raised. Is it possible to reach your full potential? Or is it an endless thing like infinity? How many people get close? I meet one super human and it makes me wonder…

My brother’s response: “Well, is potential static or dynamic? Does your potential change over time? In essence, yes, but also no because your true potential is always changing. Does that make sense? I think its constantly changing. Even if a person hit their “full potential”- that moment their true potential changes into something new, but not necessarily bigger or smaller in scope, just different.”

po·ten·tial
adj \pə-ˈten(t)-shəl\

1 : existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality

2 : expressing possibility; specifically : of, relating to, or constituting a verb phrase expressing possibility, liberty, or power by the use of an auxiliary with the infinitive of the verb (as in “it may rain”)

I feel like the dictionary has taken this word to lightly. Or maybe I have personally struggled with it one on one and it holds a greater weight in my life.