I’m Just Human

“I’m just human.”
This is a common response used to describe people’s shortcomings. Used to reiterate that humans aren’t perfect and were never intended to be perfect.

No it’s not some pessimistic mindset. It’s something that makes us truly human. Something that was created to be a good thing. That makes us different from everyone else. Makes us unique in way where we can shine in the spotlight.

When gazing off Into the beauty and wonders of nature, we never seek to point out the flaws of nature. It would be an outrageous act; completely ruining the splendor of the moment. We subconsciously understand that nature can be flawed, but the baffling view of nature completely overrides the perfectionist subconscious. However this is exactly what we do when we judge ourselves for our imperfections. We become oblivious to the fact that humans are also apart of nature, as well

“-We would benefit if we came into acceptance of the natural flow of life, which by the way happens to be imperfect.”
Perfection is nothing more than a thought that has been constructed in our minds. We become overpowered by perfection. Feeling obligated to acquire a perfectionist mindset to compensate for a sense of inadequacy. So they decided that only by being perfect would they be beyond reproach.

Why is it that perfection seems so attractive, to the point where we are fully consumed to the idea of it. Are we really afraid of failure?

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” — Johnny Cash
Imperfection is a good thing. It’s what makes us all unique. We can work on it and be aware of it and instead aim to being an “optimalist” rather than a “perfectionist” The main difference between the two is that the perfectionist rejects reality while the optimalist accepts it.

I believe it’s through my imperfection that I create a very deep need to participate, connect, resonate, and/or harmonize with my world.

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No Regrets

Whoever coined the term “No Regrets”, stated an extremely unhealthy mindset; completely disregarding all possible mistakes that person has made, as rather insignificant. Embrace each experience in life and cherish it as long as you can. People are not even remotely static, therefore enjoy who they are now. This may sound like an extremely pessimistic view, yet it proves to be very accurate.

Regret is a negative cognitive/emotional state that involves blaming ourselves for a bad outcome, feeling a sense of loss or sorrow at what might have been or wishing we could undo a previous choice that we made. You are faced with different situations and circumstances each day, causing you or another individual to change faintly.

Say no to a friend when he/she has asked to hangout may decrease the chances of them asking again. Setting a precedent to say no to a friend may diminish your friendship, whether you purposely say no or not. It is that simple, yet unfortunate.

Although I have many regrets, I have grasped to accept the regrets I’ve made, and learn from them. But it still makes me wonder, “what if things were different.” But regrets are inevitable, therefore you cannot go throughout your entire life with no regrets.

Each day you’re given millions of different paths that cause either a positive, negative, or neutral lifestyle choice. Consider coming home from school. You’re given an unlimited amount of opportunities. If you come home to do your homework, you may succeed greatly in an upcoming homework assignment and test, but you may lose your social aspects in life. You choosing to do your homework and studying, came with a consequence. The path you chose still involved a consequence, as does each and every other path.

Make wise decisions, and stick with a healthy habit that will have you flourishing throughout your life.

Failure is Good

In Flow with Otto

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Failure is inevitably linked with art – and life for that matter. Well, it’s also linked to success if you think about it. To put it a little harshly; if we don’t experience failures it’s because we don’t live – or we don’t create, when talking about arts. And if we don’t dare to make failure we will never succeed, either.

Life and art is about jumping from an airplane without knowing how a parachute really works, but hoping it will. It’s about taking chances, knowing that often they won’t lead to anything – or at «worst» to failure. I use brackets because failures aren’t necessarily bad. On the contrary; you can use them as stepping stones to learn more, to become better next time, to evolve, to grow. In my post Weakness as Potential Strength I wrote: By figuring out where our weaknesses lie, we can take steps to…

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Individuality

It has come to my attention that some people think they’re better than others? Let’s think for a second. We all have a brain, a heart, faces and… Well, must I continue?

No, this has not just come to my attention, this idea has been present my entire life. And this idea, that people are thinking they’re superior than others, is just plain arrogant and complete non-sense.
Popularity in high school is like winning a simple game of hide and seek, it’s a short term accomplishment, but does not give you any future foundation. Yet movies, the media, and even artists are discussing the excruciating importance of achieving popularity and how it is almost frowned upon to be an “outcast”. This is the main theme of a typical high school; students striving to develop appealing personality qualities, and fashion trends. These perfectly unique students are drastically throwing away the qualities that made them who they really are, yet instead, conforming to popularity. They change their attitudes to become emotionless, and evolve into malicious teenagers, judging others who do not stand upon their “golden platform”.

High school is a rigid, distressing year just with classes and homework itself, I don’t need the stress of acquiring popularity on my back. I have already lost friends due to popularity, yet I am unmoved. I am ecstatic to realize I have not changed a bit because of someone else, or something else. I am influencing all human beings who are reading this to be yourself and maintain the uniqueness and individuality. You are not superior or inferior to anyone.