There are people who realize only about half the potential given them by nature, or even less. They are the sort who could have lived (or might still live) an alternative life somewhere else and for a different purpose, and so they exist at half-capacity, as it were, and somehow non-committally. They are hence rather inconspicuous and taciturn, and even seem physically inferior or undeveloped as personalities. They are merely glimpsed from behind as they merge back into the obscurity from which they come with no other purpose than to pass among us without leaving a trace and then disappear unrecognized. Only a small portion of them is visible on the surface of our life.
Others have realized and ‘found’ themselves up to the hilt, and impinge in more than full measure as they function in our midst, entirely at home—dynamic, talkative and giving their all, but they are a trifle pathetic in the very completeness of their personalities: they have nothing beyond what is already on display, and this will vanish without a trace when their time is up.