I suppose a lot of things in life are learned the hard way, sometimes there are events and situations that we do not seem to see or are able to decipher and understand until we personally go through it. Perhaps in a lot of instances, many of us have been more 'mature' than our counterparts ever since we can remember, but I've come to a point when I realise that a lot of things and solutions are so much easier said than done. It is really simple to see things from a clear perspective and see the most feasible (if not only) solution for the situation... if we weren't the ones going through it.
There have been instances when my advice is sought, and I'm not too proud to admit that at times, I can't help thinking how silly the whole scenario is... or how could it even make sense that the evident way out eludes that particular person. However, I cannot say that I will not be as confused or as irrational as the person concerned if I were in their shoes.
Maybe that's part of the reason why I'm a tad more tolerant now than I ever was before, I always try to give the benefit of the doubt to a whole lot more people, and I tend to treat things that used to irritate me in a great way lightly. I actually learned to laugh at silliness and the total lack of common sense now, instead of getting myself all wired up, irritated, and angered by the sheer stupidity of the person or situation.
I may even be cynical, as some would tend to see it, but that's not an entirely bad thing. How can something that actually makes me a happier and more light hearted person - be that bad?
I find myself more sedate now, it's as though I'm tired of fighting a losing battle with the world. When I was younger, I tend to lose my temper over things that doesn't make sense to me. Things that irritate me simply because I think that it shouldn't have happened in the first place. I get angry with people who don't really know the art of being humble, people who think the whole world of themselves, people who refuse to see reason because they always think that they're right, and people who refuse to learn by observing others - thus limiting their perspectives.
In a nutshell, I had very little patience for things that simply scream of 'stupidity' to me. Not because I think they are stupid, but because things that transpire does not make sense to me. I used to have this way of thinking that goes: "If I can see it, I don't see a reason why you can't."
...and then I realised that what may make sense to me, may not be seen the same way by others. Not by a long shot.
Now I've mellowed out somehow. Or I'd like to think that I have. What would previously get me in a tizzy just makes me walk away shaking my head with a smile, and what used to anger me beyond all reason would just be taken with a pinch of salt. I'm more tolerant and accepting of other people's faults, and even rudeness doesn't get to me as much as it used to.
When I stopped bothering about all these minor little imperfections in life, when I stopped caring so much about how things could've gone if they were done differently... I find myself a happier person.
I don't want to have to keep on changing channels to find a programme that would suit my taste and I would enjoy watching. If I have to, I will watch whatever it is that's showing, and find certain aspects that would make me enjoy it more.
I have only one life. I realized that I cannot always expect things to go the way I expect them to. If I did any longer than I have already wasted my time as it is, I would stop making sense, even to myself.
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