Living in a cage your entire life is sad. But if you have built that cage yourself, then it’s just stupid.
Still, DIY prisons are quite common. People build them all the time. And they live in them, convincing themselves that they are happy to abide by the limits of their rules.
I am a proud owner of such prison–or cage. Mine is called “Perfectionism.” It has a nice view of the outside world. But for some reason, I can’t get the interior to look nice, no matter how hard I try. I’m never satisfied with it.
One of my many, many flaws, is having an unrealistic image of myself.
In my microscopic mind, I am a genious, one-of-a-kind, super human. I am the chosen one, the hero who will bring salvation to the world. If I do something, I will do it perfectly on my first try. Trial and Error? That is for losers. I do it right, or I never even bother.
I see people around me, pulling off great achievements. But I can do better. Let them wait and see. When the time is perfect, and every particle in the universe is set in place, I’ll make my move. It will be a feast for the eyes, and a tale for non-fiction books. I am sure of it; it is my destiny.
You guys can see where this mindset is taking me.