What a past few years this has been. well, really I guess I could say "life" as it's taken me this long to have even the smallest grasp of what this is all about and why people (including myself) do what they do... The past couple weeks have really focused my thoughts and perspectives about so much of what's happened in the past. It's made me look even deeper inside myself and given me a new stronger sense of purpose than before, and I've been feeling the need to share some of what I've seen and learned from all the ... I'll call it: "stuff" I've been through. OK, so this isn't a cake blog once again, but it is one about life, love, anger, understanding and looking into ones' self.
I don't need to go into the exact specifics of what has happened, or tell my life story to get my point across. I wont share too much about what specifically has been happening in the past few weeks or the time leading up to now, as it isn't all my story to tell. I will tell you what I've seen and what I've learned (or maybe just think I have ) about human nature...
It seems to me that we all are born with a need to prove ourselves. From the beginning we seek the approval of our parents. In my case that crusade really only recently became understood by me, and I've found many others who like me, are grown adults still trying to gain the respect and even just basic approval of their parents. I've learned that my own need to satisfy or prove my value to someone has dominated a very large percentage of my life. I'm not sure we ever really stop trying to please our parents, but I never realized how much of my life was modeled on that same subject. It seems no matter how bad I feel or how unrelenting the fight, I will try sometimes in vain to accomplish the task. For my own part, I never felt like I even came close to being who I was supposed to be for my parents. I never seemed to measure up, as to often when I thought I was doing the best ever, I found that she was the least impressed, or even worse, offended by me. This all to familiar course found it's way into many other parts of my life, and soon much of my life seemed to be a hopeless quest for happiness, where the prize seemed so far out of reach that only anger and sorrow could be found.
I don't mean for it to sound like I'm blaming anyone for making me feel like I did, as I know the need was my own, and the actions I took were made by no-one else but me. But for a long while, I was angry... I blamed the people I felt I couldn't please for my own problems and my own feelings of failure and low self esteem. I hate to admit even just how angry, and at times it really got the best of me. Only recently have I been able to look deep inside of myself and realize the value of both the good and the dark inside, the value of the experiences and wisdom gained even from the darkest and most painful times. I've even made friends with my need to satisfy and even to impress the people around me. I've learned that I can make a difference in my own and the people around mes' life, just by choosing to take on a positive energy instead of a negative. Does this mean no more worries, no more struggle? UHH, no... but I wish... I'm new to it though so maybe in time?
For now I spend my energy in the attempt to reconcile at least some of the past and plan for a brighter future... I've weighed and measured the pain and the anger I've experienced in the past, trying to understand it's root. I've found that there really is no value to the anger at all, anger and pain leads to fear and fear is rarely a valuable thing for me... Fear of dis-approval, of failure and of never measuring up, has cost me far too much. It cost us all to much. so why do it? Easy to say, not so easy to live, but I'm trying. We should all be trying harder to do that!
Much of the recent events have had me feeling rather down about humanity in general. I've lived through some very trying family issues associated with my mother, and recently with people closer to me, and I've seen and felt so much sorrow and pain, followed up by anger and even hate. I've been sickened by some of it so much that I can't stand to sit by and stay quiet. It makes me wonder:
why are people so fast to cover pain with anger? I'm sure there are biological reasons for some of this, but as I put more faith in a persons power to reason this only works to a degree for me. Maybe the next step of human evolution isn't telepathy or super smarts... maybe it's a simple ability to control our anger... Why can't we recognize that " i love you... yes we have issues, yes things end, maybe we shouldn't be together, but because I love you let's do the right thing. " If there was ever love between people, why can't they see through it and realize that causing more pain on top of the existing pain has only the result of even more pain! I do believe that certain people have traits that don't mesh, and that some people will just by accident cause others to feel lessened, or just that they don't live well together. When that happens it is best to recognize it and move on, but does it have to be driven by anger and hate? I don't think so. but it happens most often.
Why do people have a need to hate in groups? My own family was deeply divided when things came to a head here... I watched as well planned divisions were enacted that I sadly doubt will be overcome. When my mother and I quit working together I received so much anger and even hostility from so many of her "friends" and every time it made me wonder why? How is it OK for a grown woman, especially those who end their hateful emails with religious signature lines, to write a friends own son and tell him how much you hope bad things happen to him? I got everything from threats to boycott cakefest, to a nicely written email from a TV cake show host, in which she told me I needed to do some soul searching, and straighten up. This long time friend of my mother"s who had always greeted me with a hug and a smile, decided her best cause of action was now hate me because of the gossip she had heard, to a point where when she saw me next in a crowd of people, she grimaced, turned her back from me and ignored me when I cam to say hello. Why?? In all of my soul searching ( and I've been doing it veraciously) I have never found a reason to take that path, but I have sure as hell thought about it!
Talk the talk, walk the walk? I don't claim to have it figured out, but I do think I'm coming to some sort of an understanding with it. (I hope) I've seen way to many people jump to conclusions, point blame and even hate on a moments notice. For what? Many claim to be religious, yet act with complete contempt for people that they previously had loved... Why? I'm struggling more and more to control my own anger directed at people that don't think to stifle theirs! Why can't we all, even in the darkness of what ever negative event is occurring, realize that adding more negativity and anger to an already painful and trying task leads to nowhere but more pain. More negativity and more issues to resolve later? I think about the friends of my mother who were so quick to write me and to shun me. Where are you left, if my mother and I settle our differences? on that day, you're left holding a bag of hatred and regret for a man that you never really should have hated. You shouldn't have hated him firstly because it was not your place to do so. Secondly because as your friends son, you should support and love him, even though he has issues with his mother, your friend, and finally because hating him is just plain wrong!
This is just a thousandth degree of the things and situations that I've experienced lately. None of it seems to make sense to me anymore. It doesn't make sense to me because there is no sense to it!
Divorces end with families placing blame, former spouses locked in battle over nothing really, hating each other with vigor and friends taking sides. Why? relationships fail because of what ever reason, and instead of moving on and supporting the people you once loved, you place blame, you point fingers and you say, this is your fault, while the people around them suffer. I've heard so many people say that their focus is on the good and positive role they can take, yet spend all their energy chasing the tail of hatred and revenge. I just don't get it...
Like I said I don't really have any answers... I have ideas, I have hopes and yes even a few dreams... My idea is that people should stop, look and listen before they jump to conclusions, and open the door to anger and hate. I struggle with it too, we all do, but I Hope that someday I and the people around me, and even that you will see that life is so much better when we say no to hatred. Say no to causing or furthering anger and pain and instead stand beside those we've stood beside before and to realize that they need you as much as you need them. My dream is that someday, all this will be behind me. That I'll get a bit more figured out and maybe the ones I love, my friends and family and myself will find happiness. I hope you find it too...
peace n love