She has an irrational fear of dogs, and happens to think that they’re all out to get her. Unfortunately I didn’t realize the intensity of this fear until we were already at the park.
There were over a dozen people there, 20 dogs, and she thinks that every single canine brain is intent upon ripping her to shreds.
So, to the intense disappointment of my dogs, we had to leave before we made a scene.
When we got into the car, I looked at her and said, ‘Mother. What makes you think that any of those dogs care about you at all? There are a ton of dogs for them to play with, plenty of sticks to chew on, infinite dirt to eat, and you’re arrogant enough to think that all they want is you?”
It was obvious when I put it that way.
For those of you who think that the universe hates you, I’d like to ask you the same question.
What makes you think that the universe cares about you at all? Are you so arrogant to think that you’re the only person who can’t be happy/successful/start a business/blog/run a marathon?
You are not the exception.
There are few valid reasons you can’t have what others have if you put in the same amount of work and dedication.
These people you think you’ll never be able to emulate aren’t great friends with the universe. They didn’t bribe the almighty, and they aren’t blessed with an inordinate amount of luck.
They just know that they’re the rule. They can have/achieve anything and everything within their ability and they know it.
They aren’t so self-centered that they believe they’re the one person who can’t have what they want (for whatever reason).
Now, there are exceptions. There are people who simply can’t have what they want due to circumstance.
A paralyzed woman won’t be able to run a traditional marathon, no matter how hard she works at it.
My brother, who was born with slight mental retardation, will never become a rocket scientist.
A woman born without arms will not become an all-star tennis player.
These are the exceptions. Yet still, with all that they were deprived of, they find a way to be happy.
And you, who are perfectly healthy, intelligent, and fortunate enough to have a device on which to read this post, think that you’re the exception in the universe.
Well I’d like to kindly inform you that you’re not that special. The universe doesn’t really care and you can be just as happy as anyone around you, because your’e the rule, not the exception.
And finally, I would like to say, with the utmost love and respect for you as an individual:
Get over yourself.
You’re meant to be happy. Don’t ruin it.