Buckley Blog Bits – March 6, 2017

I haven’t posted a blog article in a while, but I figured that today I’d touch on some Psychology Today articles I’ve read recently.

  • The first article I read was about insecurities (link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201702/13-ways-turn-insecurities-relationship-strengths ). It’s easier said than done, but a key to living a fulfilled and satisfying life is being able to properly accept your “imperfections.”  Or at least, being able to accept that you are where you are in the current moment and understanding that you can always work to improve on something.  The truth is that regardless of how good you are at something, and how strong your strengths are, you can always improve and get even better.  For example, even a baseball hall of famer like Roberto Alomar will tell young players at spring training every year that even he learns new things about baseball to this day, and he’s one of the best second baseman in the history of the game.  It’s not just about the fact that you have “weaknesses,” it’s about how you perceive those “weaknesses” and what you do about them.  Do not fixate on perfections or imperfections, but rather focus on making progress.  Because after all, we’re all works in progress.
  • The second article I read took a look at boredom (link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201703/bored-in-the-usa ).  Surveys show that between 91% and 98% of young people report being bored on a daily basis (the survey reported that the average 25 year old is 4 times as bored as the average 45 year old).  I wouldn’t be surprised if the rise of social media, and the subsequent amount of social comparison that takes place as a result, leads to the younger generation perceiving that they’re living a boring life.  I think people, especially those in the younger generation who expose themselves to human highlight reels on social media on a regular basis, need to remember that life has its ebbs and flows.  It has moments that are exciting, and moments that are less than exciting, but that’s just the way the world works.
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