“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde

I think we are all inherently self-centered (or at least at some point) in life. Yes — technically I just called you selfish. We do live and experience through our own eyes and other senses. We learn through imitation from our parents and surrounding, but we mirror what we learn through our own hands.

We can see and think about others’ experiences to become sympathetic to their situations, but it’s usually not until we feel it in our own experiences do we truly awake with understanding.

Something has to slap us in the face, so to speak. Both small and large events can do the trick. Each opens us to the bigger picture we are all living in.

Usually, something physical will do it:

  • A flip over the handlebars…
  • A broken bone from falling while rollerblading…
  • Accidentally slamming your finger in the car door…

Something that wakes you up to the idea that you’re not invincible.

Emotional and mental events will do it too:

  • Visit a big city or a foreign place for the first time…
  • Receiving a rejection letter or losing a competition you thought you would win…
  • Seeing someone homeless fro the first time, or even experiencing the pangs of hunger or isolation ourselves…

Something that points to the fact that you are not the center of the universe.

Harsh things happen to us all. Whether we let them control us and close us off to the world or let them shape us, open us up to being more humble, smarter and connected is our choice.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #778

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