The Daily Prompt

Unbelievably, I’m at a loss for anything to write. (Probably the infamous Friday syndrome.) Well, to be honest, I had ideas, but I don’t think any of them is substantial enough to warrant an entire blog post. So I’ll borrow the WordPress prompt for October 24:

What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you?

I only care about what certain people say about me. There are those whose opinion you probably should care about, like that of your employer, your friends, your family… but their opinion of you should only be regarding certain aspects of you. You should care about what your employer says about your job performance, because you do want to keep your job, don’t you?

Basically, if you’re not my family, my employer, or my friend, I don’t care what you say about me. Say what you want. Both God and I know what’s true about me and what’s false, and that’s it.

I’m not a perfect person. I’m a hypocrite. I’ve done terrible things. I’ve messed up countless times. But so has everybody else. To quote the Hannah Montana song (I don’t care what you say about me quoting that, either), “Everybody makes mistakes… nobody’s perfect.” I could go on about that. Everybody lies. Everybody, at some point in their life, has disappointed someone else. Everybody has been talked about, whether in a positive or negative way.

If you cared about what everybody said about you, you’d go crazy trying to please everyone. Personally, I like to please people and make them happy, but there’s a line to be drawn. If you’re pleasing someone, and it’s making you unhappy, then something’s wrong with that picture.

There were times in my life when I absolutely did not care what anyone thought of me or said about me. I knew what they were saying, and I didn’t care. And the times when I didn’t care were happier times, because I didn’t have to worry about whether I was conforming to the millions of images of me that people had in their minds. It’s too much to try and conform to. There are too many unknowns. You can’t waste your time perfecting your own image in the eyes of everyone who looks at you… and you can’t physically go into someone’s head and change their mind, even though sometimes, you really wish you could.

So, the moral of the story is… stop worrying about what other people say. Do what you want, say what you want… but use your best judgment.

And I never did actually answer the prompt… oh, well. 🙂

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