I got some EXCELLENT advice today.
Short backstory: Feeling a bit sad and perhaps slightly defeated because mean/dishonest/greedy bullshit creeps in no matter how hard I try to be wary of such clusterfucks and avoid them. So there’s that sprinkled with a healthy seasoning of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”as I feel the guilts build up while I shuffle responsibilities around so I can spend more time with my young family.
Anyway. Boring shit really.
The advice was this:
“When someone fucks you over, it is on them, you don’t have to wear that shit cause it’s heavy and you’ve got better things to do.”
A small kick in the teeth that was welcome beyond belief.
So here’s the thing. People are people. They are good, they are bad. Some are just inherently bottom feeders that actively and knowingly do dumb shit like put money or power above kindness, community, integrity, or care. They’ll have a woeful row to hoe though. WOW, check that rhyme kids! Didn’t even mean to do that.
Here’s an observation that I will share with you for free:
Good people are EVERYWHERE! Acts of kindness, selflessness and integrity are happening all over the planet every single second, and, for the most part, none of this awesome gets shared or reported. And yes, good people do dumb shit sometimes. And sometimes they think or say evil or hurtful things out of fear or ignorance, but I honestly believe that MOST of the people walking around on the earth today are capable of strength and kindness above self-serving or short-sighted gain.
The few properly putrid wank-jockey-knob-end-loser-face-jerk-wipes that you run into in life are so busy climbing, covering their asses, bullying, bull-shitting and generally being repugnant on various levels, that they do not have ANY real time to feel true joy.
They do not have true friends, they have yes people. They do not have respect, they foster fear. They will not leave this world better than they found it, they will do damage and justify it to feed an empty that eats them up every moment of their very sad existence. The hell that they endure makes me genuinely sad for them when I am unfortunate enough to cross paths with them.
Not to put too fine a point on it or anything.
So I am blessed to know people who are conventionally rich beyond belief, and also as poor as gentle little church mice. People can be happy and good with or without money. Some people are rich and powerful beyond belief because they are consistently good, and smart, and honest. It is an honour to stand next to people like this. It fills up your heart to work alongside them or hear their wisdom or even opinion on things. They will go to sleep at night in all manner of beds, some on dirt floors or sleeping rough, others in 1000 thread count sheets, but I can assure you, they are blessed with a restful sleep far more often than those who harbour dastardly plans and agendas.
We can’t always steer clear of assholes in this life. But we can ABSOLUTELY give what precious time we have to good people, who enrich our lives, share joy, are kind, and make those around them shine.
So fuck you mean people. Except if you’re being mean because you’re lashing out due to stressful times etc, in that case, I forgive you entirely and my heart goes out to you. But those consistently prickish plonkers… They can fuck right off for real.