Reality Bites by James A. Norton

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You snooze, you lose…remember that next time, before it’s too late.

It’s funny – in general, we take things for granted. The meals we eat, the gas
we put in our cars, everyday security issues…it’s almost second nature to be so consumed with our own lives that we almost never pay attention to important things these days. Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone on the planet, but, for the average person on the street, apathy runs rampant.

We tend to learn by example, especially when we are growing up. Personality issues formulate as a result of the people we are closest to and that can be both a good and bad thing. Manners, for instance, are something we learn which teaches respect and consideration and carries over into both our personal and professional lives later on. That is a good thing. Then there’s things like not paying bills on time (or at all), avoiding taxes, trying to make money by using people – those are things which can affect us deeply later on and infiltrate every kind of relationship we have with people throughout our lives. That is a very bad thing.

I had the pleasure of being exposed to a lot of culture when I was young, along with a lot of reading and learning about a wide range of things as I got older. It paid off for me in my later years, because I have had the fortunate luck of developing an ability to communicate about almost any subject in a non-pedantic manner. I am grateful for that kind of exposure and will carry that through to my kids and grandkids as I enter the last half of my life.

Then there’s the bad things some of us have been exposed to – emotional/mental abuse, control-freak issues, moral and ethical ambiguity – the list goes on and on. The worse part about it is when you decide to break away from the routine and change everything in your life and yet you have to suffer from “guilty by association” assumptions about who you are – a prejudice if you will. That sucks.

It’s not worth it to keep yammering on and on about it – I’m going to keep it short and simple with a little advice: To those who are looking to make the change and make it stick – hang in there…and for those who keep on pushing their luck with no regard for anyone else – keep one thing in mind – karma is a bitch and it’s going to catch up to you soon enough.

In the meantime, stop worrying about what everyone else is doing with their lives and pay attention to your own, dummy. #GMK

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