Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Weaknesses: In the eye of the beholder

Something that I find so interesting about people is how they change. 

People adapt and change with the flow of society or the trends of today. People change their looks, their hair, their clothes, the way they speak, the way they talk, and the way they think. 

They say children are very impressionable, and it’s true. Children always remember the important things about their childhoods, and even the embarrassing things.

We're constantly changing, constantly adapting. Sometimes it doesn’t happen right before our eyes, but the little things are usually what stick out most to me.

In high school you are constantly changing. Not just the way you look, but the way you act. Your schoolwork gets better, your attention span gets longer, and you start to see things a little more clearly.

One of my middle school teachers used to claim that aliens had come and taken our brains and that we were all clueless, because sometimes kids can do really stupid things. But that was middle school. 

It's like when I put glasses on for the first time. I didn't realize how blurry the rest of the world was until I asked for help. 

It's something I struggle with, it's something almost everyone struggles with. It's not that I don't want to ask for help, it's that tI don't want to look weak. Somewhere along the way I was taught that asking for help is a sign of weakness. I don’t want to be wrong; I want to be right. It’s a simple thought but I think it’s deeper then most people will acknowledge.

Maybe this fear came from the Disney movies I watched, or the people I grew up with, or the tests that I take. But the truth of this statement will probably never be pinpointed. I’ll always just be afraid of asking for help.

Another sign of weakness is people who stand still for too long. People who don’t bother to change like you do.

People will make fun of the rainbow backpack a freshman has had since sixth grade, but you’re too afraid to ask for help.

Two years from now that backpack is probably going to be a part of some trend, and you’re going to be jealous of her. All because she didn’t bother to get rid of it, all because she just liked it.

People who form opinions of other people with no formal knowledge or background information upset me. It’s so odd how people can form an opinion on someone they don’t even know. 

That's something that I don't like about people. 

Other people who upset me are people who aren't open-minded. 

I don't know much about politics, mainly because I don't want to be stressed out even more then I already am. But just because I don’t watch the nightly news every night doesn’t mean I can’t have my own opinion.

I think it’s one of my strengths, not being opinionated on subjects I know nothing about. I don’t jump into conversations I know nothing about. Which is a safe practice. And I would definitely recommend it if you don’t enjoy being wrong.

Opinions are important, and in the country we live in they are something we are entitled to and something we can express freely. Not everyone will agree with your opinion, but I think the people who resort to violence because of conflicting ideas are the weakest kind of people.

There was a discussion I had with a person one time. It was more of a one- sided conversation than a discussion, because they never let me speak. Instead they told me:

“I don’t want to listen to your side, because I know you’re wrong.”

That didn’t sit too well with me, but then again, what do I know?

People continuously tell us children that we are the future of this country, of this world. But somehow we aren’t entitled to an opinion. 


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