What is potential, really, but a distraction from the present? One’s potential is what could be, what you measure yourself against or what others measure you against.
A poem on living outside the box
What is the value of a healthy mental, emotional, and physical state of being? How do you find an appropriate balance between confidence and humility, or create personal boundaries that protect your wellbeing but still allow growth and healthy interaction? The answers are individual to each of us, though I imagine at their deepest roots they all grow from a common pool fed by the desire for love and safety.