2013 in Retrospect: Learning from Mistakes

December 12, 2013 Lifestyle
mind over matter

‘Ignorance is bliss’ only rings true to a certain extent, and past a certain point it becomes an annoyance to other people. I’m sure everybody as their own priorities, and I know that my expectation of others’ ability to prioritise may differ. But there is nothing worse than close-minded and disrespectful people who can’t (or won’t) think twice before they do something.

I learnt this year that not everyone will have your own best interests at heart, even if they perpetually try to convince you otherwise. Some people live reactively to the curveballs life throws at them, and others take a second look at a situation before they take any action. Although both methods have its own advantages and disadvantages, in most situations it is usually better to take a step back to get a better look at the bigger picture as opposed to acting on impulse.

Responsibility has an important part to play when it comes to decision-making. It concerns me when people cut corners and take the easy way out, then justifying that it’s okay to do so for whatever irrational reason they may come up with. I wish I didn’t care so much, but I just can’t help it – it’s just how my brain works and I would turn off that ‘humanity switch’ (Vampire Diaries reference hell yeah!) so that I can focus on myself more often.

I realised that a lot of people don’t understand that the smallest things could make the biggest differences. One hour’s worth of good effort from one person may equate to another person ten hours on the same task. I just don’t understand why people choose to waste other people’s time and money when they already know that they’re not going to put in their 100%?

I also realised that people will do everything it takes to maintain a facade of good nature despite their deranged rationale and manipulative tendencies. In all honesty, I don’t believe in playing the victim or making myself look pitiful, nor do I think that pointing fingers will get me anywhere. Only a fool will blame others of any undesired circumstances they experience because ultimately, you are the one making decisions for yourself.

There’s no point in playing the blame game, all it does is waste time and hinder progress. But it would make all the difference if people did less beating around the bush and went straight to the point when communicating. It’s difficult for me to express my feelings adequately, but at least I try… right?

All in all, people who overestimate their own worth usually end up looking like complete idiots when they contradict themselves through their own actions and words. I guess some people were just not taught the golden rule back in primary school, or they’ve just lived a delude life for so long that they’ve forgotten how common courtesy works.

If only people were a little more considerate for those around them and were more aware of the consequences of their own actions… the world would be just that little bit nicer.

Much love,

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