Today’s Random Obsession is: Failure
Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success.
Pretty much, in short ‘Failure’ is screwing up. I can say it more, or less, colourfully, but either which way it will normally be seen in the most negative of views. Because it has negative connotations I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how it is viewed. Do people enjoy Failure? is that something they want or need in their life? Is failure, however helpful of detrimental you see it, useful to the growth of a person’s character?
“Life is full of Screw-ups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existence” – Sarah Dessen, ‘Along for the Ride’
How true is what Dessen is saying? If someone goes through life and fails at nothing are they worse off or better off than someone who goes through life, only failing. I realise this is a pretty extreme case. I cannot think of a single person who has either never failed or only failed in every aspect of their life. But say, in this wonderful world we call the hypothetical, it happened. Say you meet two people, one the Succeeder, who has never experience a single failure in their entire life, and the other the Failure, who has only ever tasted the bitterness so many of us associate with failures. What would they be like? What would they do, who would the be?
Today’s Random Obsession Post: I Am Addicted To Failure..
My twenty-two cents:
I hate failure. I am terrified of failure. Oh dear god no, do not ask me to colour in between the lines, what if i **** it up?! Ok so my fear of failure perhaps isn’t as obvious as that. Nor does it have that kind of massive affect on everyday life. You’d be surprised how often I’m asked to colour in the lines. Unless you say not often. And then you wouldn’t be surprised, you’d be correct. Regardless. Failure is a terrifying aspect of trying. I love saying I’d give anything a go. I’m the girl at the sushi train with the plethora of plates with foods I cant pronounce let alone spell, and I’ll have tried everything on the menu. I can’t see how you fail at that, you don’t like something its not your fault. I’ll try and do out-there things because in those situations people expect failure. Can you scale a 6 story building with a blindfold and your hands tied behind your back? No? Neither can I. I think my fear comes from expectation of success. I expect to succeed at something and then when I fail I am gutted. And with my pride somewhat substantially deflated I turn my head and cower and ask myself, why you babbling fool, did you fail? How could you be so useless? and other mean things that you seem to think are ok to ask yourself, though you would never utter to another human being in fear of them actually having a 7 foot boyfriend to ‘pummel yo’ ass’. It happens. I don’t know. I think I could go on forever about how I will do everything in my power not to fail. Including not even try. But that holds its own kind of Failure, which is described brilliantly in the attached Random Obsession Post. Till next time my fleeting feelings overcome me with the need to let the internet know how I’m feeling…
Participation award: What is your biggest failure? did it make you a better person?
Or at least for the moment.