I had the idea of this post a few weeks ago, but life happened and completely forgot. Today however I am back to writing a blog entry.
I planted this avocado seed in 2021 at some point, as an experiment,to see if I can germinate a plant.
Many people have been doing this during those moments we were not allowed to leave our homes, though the habit of growing avocados appears to be a long tradition. I am a bit slow to the market with it, but being late is not by any means being last.
The plant plotted along, as most of us do, day to day, first setting down roots, then budding up a few leaves, then it grew taller and then….nothing. I re-potted it in new soil, nothing. I moved it to the window, nothing. I gave it fertilizer, nothing. I spoke to it nicely, nothing. Exactly how it happens to us humans. Then…without warning, it shot up in the air, and now is towering above all other plants. It got a second wind.
Doesn’t this resemble us as humans?! It is just like when we reach those adult moments when we move out of our family home to first take up root in a new place. We find our “new home” and we move everything we own across, and we root down – we say, “this is where I will live from now on.” We find a job, (hopefully before we move from our family home), and we set off in our new career. And then, we get established, and we know what we are doing, and we stay, and our boss says – we gotta move offices or roles, and we say yes, and we plod along, but we stay. They may say – “the budget changed, we can’t afford your salary anymore”, but you love your job, and you like that it allows you to have your house, and you do your sums and 1+1=2 still, so you stay. A friend comes along and tells you of a new opportunity, but because you are comfortable where you are, you stay. Then they move your desk again your title again, but 1+1 still equals 2 so you stay. A relationship comes and you feel happy about life and you stay. But then…something changes and then you feel like the stagnation is no longer acceptable and you leave the job, the relationship, the house and you take a bold decision and change everything, you get a second wind.
When do you think the right conditions for growth are there for you? Are you continuing to stagnate where you are? What are you waiting for? What is stopping you in your growth?
Not everything has to change to get the second wind. The plant did not take up root and shifted completely, it just felt the right conditions were there for growth.