It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize you can’t change anyone, all you can do is change your attitude and yourself.
I grew up always saying “please” and “thank you”, and always felt the deep importance of showing gratitude toward someone. No one has to do a damn thing for you, sometimes they just choose to. It really bothers me (to the point of absurdity) when people don’t show gratitude, especially when you’ve put a lot of time into something for them that you didn’t have to do.
Being of an artistic nature, I get asked for a lot of favors and it can be overwhelming at times, especially when you’ve only recently developed the hard-learned skill of saying “no” (which definitely can put a damper on friendships. People don’t like hearing “no”, but that’s a whole other topic.)
I’m still learning that I don’t fundamentally deserve gratitude for anything I’ve done, I don’t deserve recognition with every favor.
It’s hard to push down your ego and ask yourself; did you do it out of love, or did you do it because you wanted attention and praise?
Being human means being fundamentally flawed, which means you’re always going to struggle with something.
The hardest part is to remember that everyone else is struggling, too.
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! There’s a light at the end of the long winter tunnel; happy spring!!