Feeling Sorry For Yourself

Ever read an article about a billionaire, celebrity, “good-doer”, or hero and think, Wow, where is my life going? Why am I stuck here? Why do I suck?

Ever meet up with a friend who has more money than you and think, Why can’t I be like him/her?

Ever cry because you just plain hate your life?

Friends, each and every one of us has felt sorry for ourselves at some point in our lives. Its a part of our human nature to want to be better than everyone else.

But nobody is better than anyone. Let’s make that really clear.

Ever tell a story at a party, just to have someone say, “Well, wait ’till you hear this one!” and proceed to tell a “better” story? You felt like crap, didn’t you? Don’t lie to yourself. Or me.

The more I think about my life, the more I wonder, Where is it going? Why am I stuck where I am? Why can’t I do something worthwhile?

I try so hard. And it seems like every time, I fail.

But at least I try.

I can’t bother to feel sorry for myself anymore. “Slumps” are part of life. Like in that Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy.

“You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.  And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” -Dr. Seuss

I can’t help but think that my problems are incomparable to the problems of some other people. For example, what about the children in third-world countries? What about the families who live on less than 2 dollars a day in Africa?

I can’t help but wonder what my life would be like if I were born into that type of situation. Moreover, what would I be like as a person?

This isn’t a very humorous post, I know. But this is a blog about stuff you and I should hate. And this is one of those things that you should hate.

We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Where does it take us? Nowhere. Feeling sorry for yourself takes you absolutely nowhere. In fact, it holds you back from what may lie ahead. If you sit in a “slump” too long, you might miss out on a great opportunity to better your life.

So, un-slump yourself! Easier said than done, I know. But once you do it, you can move on to bigger and better things.

“Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!” -Dr. Seuss

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2 Responses to “Feeling Sorry For Yourself”

  1. 1 Sintija June 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    It’s absolutely true! Nothing will happen if we’ll keep on whining. So what that the others have something I don’t have? From my side, it may look wonderful, but is it really like that? I’ve accepted my life. I’ve learnt to be happy for who I am. I know that there’s a lot more to come, but sitting and feeling sorry for my life – no way! Of course, there have been times when I’ve thought that it could be much better than that, but I know that there are a lot of people who even don’t have as much as I do. When I realize it, the situation doesn’t seem that bad at all.

    Thank you for the post! 🙂

  2. 2 Cambria July 5, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    You’ve just earned yourself a dedicated reader. You captured me with your wit and now I am captivated by your sincerity.

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