This is so uncool, I am about to expose myself to people I don’t even know right now
I have been lying to myself. I have known it all along.
You have been lying to yourself. You have known it all along.
The only thing that we were lacking is the ability to call our crazy selves out and make arrangements on how to stop the bullshit that has been circling us like that crazy ass fly that forgets to go to sleep at night and keeps circling the electric bulb. Dumbass fly.
But, do you even know the lies that you have been telling yourself?
Here are the lies:
1. “I WOULD CHANGE, BUT BECAUSE OF Y I CAN’T”
Bullshit. Not unless Y is “I don’t want to change” then the statement is bullshit. I mean it. B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T. You are making excuses. Like, last time I was stuck with a dying laptop but I couldn’t get off my lazy ass and go get the charger because it was raining outside.
I am a moron.
How was the fact that it was raining outside preventing me to go and get my laptop charger in the bedroom which is in the same house I was sitting with my dying Laptop?
2. “I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Y”
I can’t live without my phone, I can’t live without my girlfriend, I can’t live without my (put whatever you think you can’t live without here)
This is a lie and you have got it all wrong. In many cases, you can. Human beings adapt too quickly.
We have been caught up in the modern day’s consumerism such that we have forgotten that we have got all of what we need right inside ourselves. Look around and see what multi-billion dollar companies are trying to tell you.
You ain’t a man if you don’t own this BMW.
You ain’t real if you haven’t bought iPhone X.
You need to buy a DSTV because you are not a person if you don’t watch TV.
I don’t need any of that to make me who I am. All I need is a beating heart and some brains in my head. Then I am good.
3. “IF I CHANGE OR DO Y, THEN SO AND SO WILL CHANGE”
Total non-sense. You can’t change anyone. You can only help them change their crazy asses. Thinking that if you just do one more thing for that one person and let them see how big of an asshole they are and how to stop it is usually the result of being too attached to someone else.
This is unhealthy. You should offer your advice without expecting anything. The person you are advising can choose to act on your advice or they may choose that you are the asshole and they aren’t.
4. “EVERYTHING IS GREAT/EVERYTHING SUCKS”
This is another big ass lie. What you see is what you choose to see.
It is just like someone may see a half-empty glass while another sees the same glass as being half full. I know, I am boring here. This example has been told to you since you were like how old, 2?
I don’t care, I had to tell it to you again.
5. “I AM DIFFERENT OR THERE IS SOMETHING INHERENTLY WRONG WITH ME”
No, you aren’t. If you die today, we would only cry for a couple of hours and then forget about you and even replace you. How is that different?
Welcome to Facebook, where everything goes to shit. Mark Zuckerberg has built himself a billion dollar empire that is based on just leveraging on people’s needs to compare themselves to each other.
How many times did you log in to Facebook today to see how many “likes” that stupid girl got in her stupid photo and then compared that to what you got on your awesome photo last week?
Don’t answer, I already know the answer for a majority of you people. The answer is a lot.
Damn. The world we are living in nowadays is thriving on the comparison.
Spoiler alert here: There will always be someone who is better than you, has more cleavage than you, has a better car than you, taller than you, and all that kind of bullshit. But this does not mean that there is something wrong with you. Neither does it mean you are different. To quote Tyler Durden from the movie fight club:
6. “IF I SAY OR DO Y, PEOPLE WILL THINK I AM AN ASSHAT”
Here is the fact, 99.999999999% of the world’s population don’t care if you die today or even right now. They don’t care whether you do Y or you don’t.
The truth is, you are not afraid because other people think that you are stupid, you are afraid because you will think that you are stupid. The other day I saw a dude doing a fart prank on YouTube in public places.
Yes, dude would walk in public places with a special container and pretend to fart. Myself, I wouldn’t even try to do that. But I was very keen on people’s reactions and what I noticed is that no one cared.
Watch that video, maybe it will communicate to you what I am trying to communicate in a better way. NOBODY CARES!
7. “IF I HAD MORE TIME, I WOULD DO Y”
You either want to do it or you don’t. We all like the idea of doing something and we even think that it might be cool to do it. But, when it comes to doing it, we don’t actually want to.
Yeah, yesterday I liked the idea of cleaning my house today. I even thought that having a clean house would be cool. But when today arrived, I didn’t clean my house.
I made excuses:
“Oh, I have to turn off the TV before I clean my house.”
“Oh, I am waiting for a call from Safaricom.”
“Oh, my phone has finished charging, I must unplug it first.”
Total bullshit excuses. Now look at me, my house is still not clean.
The fact is, I don’t want to clean my house. It is not that there is no time.
8. “IF I COULD Y, MY LIFE WOULD BE AWESOME”
You name what Y should be… get married, get laid, get a new car, get a raise and all that bullshit.
When I was 12 I wanted a phone. Now I have three phones, I am still not happy.
When I was 15, I wanted a laptop. Now I have a laptop and 24hr internet connection. I am still not happy.
You are smart enough to know that there is no one single thing that can make you happy 24-7. Your life will not become awesome just because you have been married or you have finally managed to get your boyfriend to get you an iPhone X.
We are evolutionarily wired to exist in a state of mild dissatisfaction. This wiring helps us in growing, but it is shit when it comes to helping us stay happy.
9. I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING
Sure. You do! Like hell yeah, you know what you are doing in life.
Our lives are defined by nothing but glorified best guesses, a constant process of trial-and-error. And right now, my best guess is that I am done here.
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