The Swing of Things

We are all blessed with many gifts. Things we excel at, things that help us to rise up and succeed in our own fields. In high school, and even during some of college, it’s a level playing field. But once you graduate or leave, that field drops and people rise and fall as they will, moving in the appropriate direction towards success or failure.

Sure, many trials and tribulations face us all along the way, because life would be no fun if everything was easy, but sometimes we have to face unnecessary rejection and unfair politics simply because the people in power make it so.

I haven’t written an angry blog yet, so this is the one… kind of.

I work in advertising, a cutthroat industry that thrives on the understanding of different demographics of consumers and in coming up with concepts and ideas. It’s all about ideas.  I love what I do, but one thing I do not love is undeserved praise, credit or accolade.

Hard work pays off. That is an unquestionable fact. You get out of something what you put into it. Sometimes the first idea that came to mind might end up being the best one, but you have to pick your brain and get other ideas out of you before you can decide for certain which idea is best. Whatever the method to your madness may be, the more ideas the better. Again, that is an unquestionable fact.

An inherent belief of mine is that no matter how good you think you are, or contrary wise, how unsure of yourself you are, that you can always get better. I’m a deep thinker and often pick things apart or try and find a deeper meaning in things that only have face value, but I push myself. I think, think, think and I figure it out, always. When you’re good at something, others will take notice, but what if you’re not good at something, should people push you harder and fill you with a false sense of confidence?

If you’re trying to fit a square into a circle hole and it’s just not working and then suddenly someone comes along and fills your head up with the belief that maybe, just maybe it will… it’s still not going to fucking fit. I understand that we live in a world where people are born privileged, physically and financially, but at some point that playing field has to drop too and the mental aspect takes over. You’re either smart or you’re not, gifted or lacking. Sure, practice makes perfect, but if it’s not meant to be, it’s just not. I wish people would stop pumping in the positive reassurance when it’s undeserving, so the people who actually DO have it can dig some roots in, instead of being perpetually up-rooted by weeds.

As long as you are confident with yourself, the unjustified momentary praise and temporary success of others shouldn’t matter, because everything will work out as it should and you should only ever worry about bettering yourself.

As Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” I guess it’s best to let the Universe work as it will and not to give any extra thought or energy into worrying about things, or people, that in the grand scheme of things, really don’t matter at all.

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