I haven’t been writing for a while because you know, the pandemic has been making me pretty moody. And I don’t like to write when I am in a lousy mood. I like to spread good energy and positivity to others. Nobody likes to hang out with Mr Grumpy Face. And so I did some things to feel better, including going for walks by the sea, exercising, meeting friends and spending more time with people, watching lots of educational videos, and just enjoy the simple scenery and smelling the flowers.
There is a guy out there who has almost perfect memory, who could read books and remember almost all the contents of those books, page to page. It sounds like a great ability to have, who doesn’t want it? His name is Kim Peek and if you know about this guy, he suffers from many disabilities which means he is highly dependent on a caretaker to take care of his basic needs. Kim Peek is already dead, by the way. If I didn’t talk about the disabilities of Kim Peek, some people might have said, “I wished I was him”. And that brings me to the subject of envy. I don’t like envy because I believe it is a destructive emotion. Envy comes about because we only got to see one side of the story and that side of the story is usually not an accurate depiction of the person.
A good example is Dan Bilzerian who is a social media personality with lots of followers. He enjoys portraying the image of a perfect life, constant wild parties, living in a mansion surrounded by beautiful girls, showing pictures and videos of him living a perfect life. Of course, once you realize that Dan’s dad is in prison for fraud, and Dan didn’t own the mansion nor the yachts, and he hired those girls just for the pictures/videos and that Dan Bilzerian is a fraud who is currently on the run from bankruptcy and on some government’s wanted list, envy starts to disappear rather quickly.
And that’s why I think envy is one of the most poisonous emotion a person can have. It robs a person of their happiness by what they see others have, which in the first place may not even be accurate in the age of social media. What is more meaningful and happy in life could be as simple as having a cup of coffee with friends, good genuine friends, and having a good time.
And if you’re reading this, I genuinely wish you a happy life. If you, like most people, have problems in your life, I wish that you are able to appreciate the good traits and good things that you already have in yourself. I genuinely believe there are lots of good in most people and sometimes they are doing themselves a disservice by forgetting what they are, which I would like to believe, is a wonderful albeit imperfect human being.