As much as we’d like to think it helps things to consider other people crazy, the truth of it is, we all are.
No one’s perfect. No one is without their flaws.
That said, there are two types of people in the world.
Those who carry on despite their “baggage”, “issues”, mistakes, eccentricities, insanities and problems.
And those who succumb to them.
To a greater or lesser degree, everyone is playing at this game. They’re either trying to push through or are in the process of giving up.
This isn’t to say there aren’t people out there doing well for themselves, who aren’t genuinely happy, who aren’t actually successful.
It’s just to point out that beneath the pretty facade there’s always something short of perfect.
You may never know what it is. You may never get the full truth of what’s behind the curtain. But you can confidently know that there always is a curtain. And there’s always something behind it.
It’s all well and good to say this. But just the statement doesn’t really help anyone. What really matters is what we do with it.
A great phrase that has fallen out of use in recent times says:
“There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.”
So, where do we go from here?
I think it’s time we become a little more understanding.
A little more understanding of ourselves, and a little more understanding of other people.
It’s not about being crazy and letting everyone else be crazy. It’s about understanding that everyone has baggage. The ignore it is to think everyone’s out to get you, or no one cares about yours. To embrace it fully is to allow people to succumb to it.
Instead, understand that nobody’s perfect, and neither are you. Most people are trying to do the best they can. Work with it.
You can get a lot further by acknowledging this and treating people (yourself included) with respect than you can by being a d*ck.
It’s easy to think that you have too many issues and you won’t be able to succeed. Giving up is always easier than pushing through.
But sometimes knowing that no matter how crazy you may seem, there are other people who’ve gotten through worse, can help you stay the course.