A lot of things in life depend on perception, but sometimes those perceptions can lead people astray. This begs the question……..
Why trust them?
Well, we wouldn’t be human without perception – it’s one of those great gifts we are given as we move through this life. How we perceive the world and the people in it shape our interactions with those people, places, and things. One thing we often perceive is how we perceive ourselves – this again, can lead people astray.
They say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Well, you should “behold” yourself in the mirror when you wake up in the morning. Do you like what you see and who you see? If so, then you’re already set. What other people perceive about you is their own view – this does not always match what you see, and that’s okay because it’s a free world, and we are free to perceive things in our own way.
Often times, when others perceive us, they don’t like what they perceive, so they either avoid the interaction, or do something to change it – whether it be in themselves, or try to get the other to change. This may or may not work, but that’s usually up to the other person. I know I’ve had others perceive me in various ways, and it’s always fascinating to find out how those perceptions play out. I’ve been compared to various people, such as Gene Simmons, Hagrid from Harry Potter, Andre the Giant, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
I personally find all of these perceptions a compliment, because to me, each of those people are, or were, awesome in their own way.
If people perceive you in a different way other than how you perceive yourself, you will most likely make a choice on how to receive that perception – you can walk away from it, embrace it, or change it – that’s the wonderful thing about life – you can make choices.
The other thing people vary on a lot as far as perception goes is age. One thing I have found is that people teeter-totter back and forth on the age of 30. Those who are younger than 30 look at those older than 30 and think they are old folks. Folks who are over 30 look at those under 30 and think they are still kids. It’s all perception. To me, it’s no more odd to see some teenager sitting on a porch, quietly reading a book or looking out into the world than it would be to see a 65-year young person going to town, waging war on interplanetary terrain, taking down alien terrorists in some videogame. It’s all how you see yourself. It’s also “You’re only as young (or old) as you feel”…..
…..or perceive yourself. To me, I like to say “Don’t grow up – or grow old too fast. Enjoy life one day at a time.”