Hakuna Matata: Because It Doesn’t Matter How A Person Feels

I’m feeling really good today. Things are starting to come together with school as they start to come to a close. My final project has a location locked in now (cause I was worried about that), and although it’s not going to be as good as the western I helped make yesterday, it’ll get done anyways. I essentially just need to complete two papers, which should take no more than 5 or 6 hours total of my time, and then finish off a promo video for my Independent Study. Then, I’ll be totally done with this semester, leaving all my problems with Grand Valley behind me for a little while.

I’m starting to look at things in a new light, or at least attempt to. I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how I feel something is. It doesn’t really matter how I act about any negative situations, or how much I hate and gripe about life’s troubles. Nothing ever changes anyways. My emotional reaction has zero effect on what is happening around me, and is therefore pointless. Yes, it’s true a person may feel better when they vent, whether alone or to another, but it still doesn’t really change anything.

Also, I’d like to point out that “venting” about stuff is contagious by nature. When you complain, it doesn’t really solve anything, and so I think I’m going to make it a mission in my life to never inadvertently involve somebody in something that is not only unwanted by them, but not relevant to them.  I believe this will allow me to not only build better relationships with people, but also enjoy my life a bit more. I believe, and many others believe this as well, that expressing your anger, and “letting it out” really just leads to more aggressive behavior later (which generally makes you annoying to more people, easier). I’m not going to do that anymore. I’ve vented many times before, and I’m going to try to stop this pointless stuff. It means nothing to anybody unless they too are dealing with your same struggle with you, or will have to go through what you are going through later.

Moral of the story: Just try to take a deep breath, and take a step back sometimes, and realize that your situation isn’t as bad as you think it is. When you are really close to something, you see all the details of a tiny segment. If you step back from it for a bit, you’ll be able to see how the segments piece together. You may realize, when you see this, that those little details you were freaking out about are really rather minor, if not entirely insignificant.

I’m going to try that… see what happens. Feel free to join me if you can (I say “can” because it’s unlikely that you, nor I can actually do it).

Charlie Pryor

Charlie is a media producer, writer, and a traveler. He grew up in Michigan, all of his life and attended Grand Valley State University for a B.S. in Film and Video Production. He's married to a wonderful woman named Hang, and simply hopes to one day turn himself into a man that many will remember long after he's gone.

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