And I need to keep reminding myself of this!
A little while ago, I was tempted to write a fairly scathing post about this cyclists that I share the Moonee Ponds Creek trail with when I go running. Not for any other reason than they don't say 'hello' back to me!
I know, right?!
It always left me so confused as to why these riders wouldn't acknowledge or return my greeting - I mean, we were both out on a lovely, sunny day enjoy our physical activities on the same path. So why wouldn't they say hello back?
Well, let me tell you. Now that I ride along that same path on a semi-weekly basis, I can completely understand. The shoe is now well and truly on the other foot, and I Get It. Passing by walkers, in some situations, takes all of my concentration so that I don't fall off. Or so that I don't get tripped up by their dog. Or their child. Or the rider coming in the other direction. Sometimes I'm able to say hello as I pass, but other times I'm too busy trying to stay upright on my bike.
Lesson learnt, Theresa. Lesson learnt.
It's all too easy to judge and make an assumption based on your perspective of the situation. But, look at it from the other side (or sides) and you're likely to have a far different idea of what's going on.
It's very easy to see the glamour and the 'easy life' of a celebrity. But, I bet if you look at it from her point of view, you'd understand the pressure to maintain a certain physique (ugh! But that's another post). You'd understand the need to be surrounded by 'staff' as she tries to go shopping without being harassed by the paparazzi. You'd understand the long working days on set, trying hard to impress the director, not knowing if her scenes will be cut or not.
It's very easy to look at the apparent ease of which our top female athletes perform their sport. But what you don't see are the 4.30am training sessions, the time spent away from her family and the missed social events due to a strict training schedule.
Perspective can be a really strong tool to use. Every person and every situation has more than one way to look at it. Let's be honest - 2D is a fairly boring way to look at things. If you only see and acknowledge your perspective on everything, that's how you will see it. In 2D. But if you make the effort to see it from others' eyes, to acknowledge their 'world', then suddenly you'll get a 3D image of the situation. You'll certainly understand it better.
The funny thing about this all is, that everyone sees YOU differently as well. What you see of you is NOT what others see of you. Don't trust me? Ask your friends.
My challenge to you this week is to take a moment to look at every situation from all perspectives. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has had a 'day' happen before they got to you. Remember that.