A butterfly’s lifecycle is a great example of the lifecycle of something cool.
Source: Milkweed for Monarchs
You go through many stages that look distinctly un-cool until something beautiful appears.
Behind any kind of greatness lies years spent in activities that are distinctly un-cool at the time – days spent in self doubt, weekends spent working on that dream, and years spent in lonely practice. There is no guarantee that these efforts will lead to the desired rewards. Sometimes it all works out. And, sometimes it doesn’t.
And, even when it doesn’t, it is just the desired reward that doesn’t work out. What follows whole-hearted effort are character, happiness, and a persistent spirit that moves onto working on the next thing.
The best thing about those riches is that they’re eternal..