I’ve always thought that I should react to things the way a normal person would. If someone bumped me and didn’t apologize, I should mutter “asshole!”, but then it never really got me anywhere.
Recently, I watched this video in YouTube and realized that I should be modeling my life in a way that inspires other people. It doesn’t have to be a huge change, all I have to do is be chill.
Okay, to understand the philosophy better, here’s the video:
Yesterday morning, I was standing in line to pay my bills. It wasn’t a really long line, but the cashier was pretty slow. At first, I was mentally tsk tsk tsking, but I caught myself and decided to focus on the music that the mall was playing. I ended up singing along with the tunes and I was even bopping my head. I didn’t even care that some people were looking at me funny, but I caught at least 3 people smiling at me.
I found that it made me feel light inside, like there isn’t anything in that moment that can ruin my mojo. I also thought that I’ve actually seen someone, a vlogger from YouTube, who practices this philosophy without even realizing it.
Here’s a video of Louis Cole in Jinja, Uganda. He volunteered for a charity to paint the buildings in Jinja to attract more tourists. During a concert, he was rushed by 3 lads and they took his iPhone and camera. He tried to get it, the police insisted that press charges, but decided against it. He was just chill with the whole situation.
I’ve started to commute alone again. I still feel anxious during those trips, but it is unlike before where I get panicky. It’s a start, right?
You think you can start to become more chill and check yourself before you go off on someone?