This is the ninth of ten challenges. We are to see something with a fresh perspective, and I have chosen a word.
Last day, I happened to see a TED Talk by cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, who was giving insights about how language shapes the way we think.
The most intriguing thing that I learned from this talk was about an Australian aboriginal community that speaks a language called ‘Kuuk Thaayorre’.
This language is noted for its use of sixteen words for absolute cardinal directions (north-east, south-west etc.) than words with relative senses (left, right etc.). The people have a much better awareness of orientation than the average English speaker, who might be a tad confused with directions.
She explains that despite not having some unique inbuilt magnetic resonance technique, these people are able to have a greater sense of direction, simply because they were trained to do so.
One could point out a number of such scenarios.
Blind people who see much better than those who have eyes.
People who lost their limbs training themselves to make up for their loss, and going through life just as normally as anyone else.
All these stunning individuals, unconsciously or consciously, recognized that they have immense potential within them – something that can supplement any physical or bodily loss.
And that’s why I choose to redefine this word – limitation.
A limitation is supposed to limit – to act as a restriction on some particular event or possibility. A fence, a wall, some sort of obstruction that tells you that you can’t go further.
Limitations are those points that show you – this is where you have to work. Fight, go around it, strike it down, but you have to get across this.
Limitations are fences you should jump across, and walls you should scale.
Your limitations unleash your inner potential.
So many of us refuse to do this, believing we’re meant to be limited, to be a watered-down version of the greatness we’re capable of.
But those who do take that leap – those are the people who gave us inspiring stories. They believed in their potential and survived on hope.
They created change.
So would you scale that fence, or let yourself be caged? Let your heart decide.