You are not special

The media likes to show extraordinary people who achieved great things. Because these people create attention. Humans are interested in different things than themselves, and the press uses the exceptional people to keep the interest high.

The misperception created by the media causes many mental problems. The extraordinary people we see on media do unusual things because they routinely accept themselves as average or worse at what they do. They live the reality: most things in life are either average or suck. The media wrecks this reality. It also creates a fake one by saying that everyone can achieve everything.

The mental burden of seeing these people and being pumped with 'you are special' speeches lead us to think that we also must be extraordinary. But we're not. Once we accept that we are ordinary, we can leverage the appreciation of the essential things in life. This mindset lets us accomplish what we want to achieve without having self-criticism or judgment. It helps us focus on the moment more instead of blaming our past or creating dreams that will never happen.

Be humble. Focus on now; not in the past, not in the future.

This was one of my notes from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson.

Atomic Jul 23, 2021
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