Between the ages of 17 and 18, I came to a realization.
People are people.
I know Depeche Mode had been saying it for nearly two decades by that time, but for some reason I never really understood it.
Suppose I should explain a bit.
When I was younger, i was constantly picked on, made fun off, etc. I didn't have it as bad as some kids, but still, it wasn't uncommon for me to get abused verbally and physically by my peers as I was growing up.
This instilled a "me vs. them" mentality that stayed with me throughout most of my youth. You know how it is - fuckin jock assholes, stupid cheerleader skanks, snotty ass smart kids. These were regular thoughts in my head.
In a nutshell, I was full of mental frustration, social insecurities while lacking most any kind of compassion for people as a whole.
But around my senior year of high school, I finally figured out, that everyone truly is just another person.
I'd heard a million times before: walk a mile in another man's shoes, everyone is going through their own personal struggles, etc. And I could agree with it on a logical level and have conversations about equality in all its forms. But I never really took it to heart in my personal outlook on life.
When I came to truly understand, at the root of almost all situations, that every single person you've ever laid eyes on was just another person,
Well, it helped lift those insecurities and frustrations out of my life a great deal. In some ways it helped me form a connection with just about anyone I could possibly ever meet.
My outlook on life turned away from being a 'special unique snowflake' and more about being part of a massive help clinic called The Human Race.
All my feeble minded reasons for judging others just seemed like wasted energy and honestly didn't help anyone, least of all myself.
Once I had learned this important Life Lesson, I was able to finally set aside my petty grievances and started truly connecting and accepting people in pretty much all their forms.
It's helped me not be intimidated by CEOs and influential people. It's helped me become friends with people I used to loathe for no better reason then the fact they played a sport I wasn't participating in. It's helped me talk to girls without second guessing everything I say. It helped me to 'be there' for anyone that needs some to be there, even if i hardly knew them.
Anyways, that realization has probably had one of the biggest influences on how I live my life day-to-day.
Have you ever an an epiphany that radically altered your viewpoint on life? What were some words of wisdom that you took to heart? What was the most important advice you ever received? How did it effect you?
tl;dr Life Lessons. Tell me yours.
Or talk about Depeche Mode.