NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Who do you trust more: yourself or others?
Today’s prompt got me to thinking; ‘Who do I trust?’ ‘Myself’?, ‘Others?’ I used to trust easily. I believed that everyone thought like I thought. Guess what? They don’t. That was a hard lesson for me to learn. It kept banging me upside the head, time after time, until I finally caught on. Not only does everyone not think like me, some are very deceitful, evil, and twisted.
I have become bitter, in my old age, and trust very few. Do I trust myself? I’m not so sure. I did, but that was when I was such an open and trusting person. After being hoodwinked so many times, I shutdown for a long while. I was scared and didn’t trust myself not to be taken in again.
Social anxiety took over and delivered me from most situations. Being alone, so much, has given me the chance to start from the bottom and work my way back up. I’m beginning to trust myself, more and more. I may never fully trust others, again, but that’s okay, I need to retain the lesson of not being so open and trusting.
No matter who it is, we all get taken in at times. I have been there more times than I can remember. It is what it is, no matter how you try, there will always be someone trying to take advantage of your kindness or sincerity. Being aware of a situation, listening to your inner voice is the key, but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Life is too short to keep yourself bottled up. There are many caring, loving people in this world who would welcome your friendship and kindness. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. :o)
Thank you for your encouraging words, Patricia. 🙂