Perspective is a Lovely Hand to Hold

People often don’t give themselves enough credit.

We all have different backgrounds, different upbringings, different views and believes, and different ways we see things. We look at a person, we see how he carries himself, the way he interacts with another. We don’t know if he’s married, divorced, single, or even cares to have a partner. He could be working a minimum wage job, or a job that he didn’t go to school for, a job that others would look down on him for. But he could be happier than all of us.

It’s a scary thought, putting faith in an idea of what we see ourselves becoming. Because how do you know you made the right choice?

You don’t know, accept that, and accept many other things in your life. There is something that can help those sleepless nights. Its a little word called perspective, and everyone has it.

Keep that word close to your heart. Keep that idea, that moral, that idea in your back pocket, keep it safe and never forget that you have it. Because perspective could be the reason that 35 year old guy flipping burgers is happier than the multimillionaire.

Perspective compiles.

And it’s also something we don’t give the time of day usually until a tragedy happens in one’s life. There was a reason Grandpa was telling you to “start a savings account” or to “marry a rich girl.” What is an 8 year old going to do with advice like that? I don’t blame him though, he had 80 years of perspective. I’m sure he looked into my future, could see the financial hard times, could see the fading friendships, could see the heartbreak, and tried to share his $0.02.

The point is this: take a step back, think about what makes you happy, think about what WILL make you happy, and if you are happy. Believe me, I know it’s so much easier said than done, and the lines can always blur, the story can always shift.

At the end of the day, when you are all alone in your room, or all alone in your head. It’s just you. And you get to choose how you look at your life. You get to choose your happiness. You see what you want to see.

by Andy Wilcox