The Saddest Thing in Life is Wasted Talent

Back in the day I had aspirations to a be a filmmaker and touched that dream in New York City as a Production Assistant. In the decades since I’ve made a lot of choices as have my friends, family, and co-workers.

The past few days and weeks have brought on a lot of reflection for me and them, each with their own unique tangents. I was talking to my daughter about life and choices and how sometimes things just don’t make sense and add up. I kept thinking of DeNiro’s A Bronx Tale. I pulled up the clip on Youtube. I’ve been watching over and over.

I’m amazed at what a good film and cinematography can do. It’s these clips that show how Scorsese almost became a priest.

To me this 43 second clip is the sacred and true teaching. Revealed.

Sonny and my father always said…
that when I get older I would understand.
Well, I finally did.

I learned something from these two men.
I learned to give love and get love unconditionally.
You just have to accept people for what they are.
And I learned the greatest gift of all.

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.
And the choices that you make will shape your life forever.

But you can ask anybody from my neighborhood…
and they’ll just tell you.
This is just another Bronx tale.

Everything written here are the views of Tim Aten and Tim Aten only. They have no relation, nor are they the views of any of my employers past or present.

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