Personal Growth

I like to write pieces about how I have grown and gained in knowledge and (dare I say it at such a tender age) wisdom.

It strikes me than one possible way I can grow is to stop writing these self-agrandising pieces and just acknowledge that I am as ordinary and flawed as the next man. I say man because, as we all know, women are the very epitome of perfection. Or so my wife would lead me to believe. But that’s a topic for another day.

What I want to get into the habit of is going beyond all the petty concerns of my (haha) ego.

At the moment I obsess about how my body is doing (all those push-ups and sit-ups have to be worth something), how creative I am (honestly), where I am compared to my fellow man (not woman, you’ll note) and how prepared I am for the coming robocalypse. And it’s not doing me a jot of good.

You see, everything is falling apart.

The looks I once imagined I had are crumbling apace. My body grows incrementally weaker by the hour. My hairline is creeping backwards. My mind forgets words. My will to engage weakens. Everything I was once proud of is slowly but steadily slipping away.

So here’s my latest goal in life: not to give a trot about all that stuff anymore.

Instead I’m going to focus on:

  • being a nice, kinder person that helps other people,
  • doing things for the joy of doing them (rather than for what I can get out of them) and
  • preparing for death calmly and peacefully (albeit hoping that it will occur later rather than sooner).

Wish me luck.

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55 thoughts on “Personal Growth

  1. I like the candour and humility in this post. 😊
    If women are the epitome of perfection, I must be an exception. (Of course, it’s just my ego that gets a kick out of thinking I’m an exception. Exception = special.)

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  2. Heyyy! That nice to be a kinder person… I like your current goals πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— but death? Are you middle age? πŸ€” Oooh i didn’t knew..
    It’s alright just love living and live lovingly πŸ˜‰πŸŽ‰βœ¨ ❀
    That’s what we need.. just breathe and enjoy life. Good luck! βœ¨πŸŽ‰

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  3. try to right down in the mornings what you want to do this day go get closer to your goal and then in the evening check what did you do and how did it feel… or if you want read my post about brain training

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      • Yes ir does! I write down my goals and 5 things I can do today to achieve them. So I always have a purpose and much more motivation and ever since I do that I feel like there are doors opening everywhere!
        How do you do it?

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      • I just make the world up as I go along. If I want a smile I just make a smile. It happens quite spontaneously without any need of purpose, plans or plotting. And as for doors; well – they all seem to have handles. πŸ™‚
        That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with carrying around a plan. I just happen to prefer spontaneity. That’s all. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Nice thoughts. I am 22 and I have spent a lot of time in the last few years about improving and getting better, but it is actually healthy sometimes to accept what you are and be grateful for who you are/what you have, instead of always wanting more!

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    • Very true, James.
      That said, I just read that post again and came away from it thinking that I must have been in a very bad mood that day.
      Revised post: “be grateful for who you are, but keep doing the exercises.” πŸ™‚
      Hope you’re having a great day.
      Robert.

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