Hey, everybody! Today, I am going to talk about something is near and dear to my heart. It’s been weighing on me for a while and after doing some thinking about it, I have come to terms with myself. Plus, I can’t seem to find many articles to read about this subject on the internet, so I thought I would make my own. 🙂
And my conclusion is:
All of my life, I was the fish climbing a tree thinking it was stupid.
Remember that old famous quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it is stupid.”?
Well, after thinking about my past up to this point, I believe I was that fish.
Let me tell you a tale about myself. All throughout my years of grade school, or Kid Jail, I like to refer to the United States School System as or mostly any school system in *insert country here* in general, I eventually realized when I was younger that I was different and was not like the rest of my classmates. I wasn’t better than anyone else and I have made plenty of regrettable mistakes in my days in Kid Jail and even when not in Kid Jail though, but you can say I survived and at least tried to blend in like the average joe mistakes and all. 😥
As for the good things, school taught me the basics such as how to do simple math and write my name in cursive. The more complex things school taught me wad to read and write, which I am ever so thankful for. ❤ Kid Jail even taught me how to use a stove so I could be comfortable around it and in a kitchen when I was older. I even got to do art in class and outside of it during my days in Kid Jail. Looking back, Kid Me was average at art, but was always improving, but Adult Me is always improving as well; getting better and better every time I draw. 🙂 I even had a few wonderful teachers that I will never forget that made Kid Jail a little better to be in throughout the first 18 years of my life.
But besides all of the good things I remember fondly, I was “released” from Kid Jail as a C student. And do you know why that is? Well looking back, after everything, mostly everything I was taught at Kid Jail I have completely forgotten. History facts? Gone. Science facts? Forget about it. Alegebra and Geometry? Who are they again? And even when I try to regain complex knowledge by reading books about nonfictional subjects today, it’s amazing how I don’t remember much after reading most of it. *shrug emoji* I’m guessing my brain is just not the “scholarly” type of brain of remembering really complex facts. 😦 But alas, reading is good for you, so I read anyway! 😀 But yeah, basically I don’t remember a freakin’ thing I was taught in high school or in the school system in general, just the good and bad memories associated with it.
But thankfully, I am out of Kid Jail now THANK GOD. And as I said before, I escaped Kid Jail with a C average. Thinking back, my mind was just not meant for scholarly pursuits and after going to community college time after time and eventually dropping out each time, I realized the school system was not for me. For you see, I love learning about things, but regurgitating facts that school and even college teaches students to do? Ehhhhh, not so much. This C Average Kid says SCREW YOU SCHOOL SYSTEM. 😡
But now I will get to the point of my post. Seeing as the school system gave me a C average
and really crappy looking high school diploma for all of my efforts, the school was the tree and I was the fish trying to climb it. I didn’t fit into the school system’s definition of a “Genius”, thus school never taught me how awesome of a person I was all along. I had to stop climbing that tree that all of school stood for and reflect a bit thought wise and after doing so, I realize now that I am an AWESOME person. Screw what the school system thought about me because it has been wrong this whole time.
It took me a while to get to this place in my life where I figured out nothing was wrong with me, but only society who had issues with me. It was not me who failed society, it was society that had failed me. And I have generally accepted this as fact. So in conclusion, I am A TOTALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME PERSON and society is wrong, dang it! 😡
And I have a list of reasons as to why I am awesome that I had to discover myself and all of them a SUPER AWESOME!
I am into Frugality and love personal finance!
YAAAASSS and that is one of the reasons why I have started this blog about frugality and personal finance! I may not be like most PF/FIRE bloggers out there, but I love the community we all belong to and how we can all relate to each other in many ways! 😀
I am a damn good cook!
Yup! I love the food I make and am happy to eat almost every day! My “diet food”, or now just my regular food, I really enjoy eating and could eat the same day every day without getting sick of it! I must admit this part of my personality is a blessing and I am so thankful for it each day, haha. ❤
I also like to make recipes I find from food blogs on the internet! Most of the recipes I make from these blogs turn out pretty good and I save the recipes from them for future making! Ahhhhh… I am getting hungry now just thinking about all of the recipes that I have saved! 😀
I am most EXCELLENT at thrifting!
And it is quite the passion of mine! 😀 Yes, I am a very good thrifter. You could even say I have a black belt in it, haha. 😉 I absolutely love buying great stuff for almost nothing! ^ o^
And I don’t feel bad about those “poor wittle” department stores that charge retail prices for the same gently used things I buy at Goodwill and other thirft stores for a very cheap price. To me, buying mostly anything at full price at these department store corporations who have more than enough money already, who pay their workers an unlivable wage, and who always dodge paying their taxes, makes my skin crawl. Seeing how the corporate execs at Toys R Us and most recently Sears act only in their self interests concerning piles of cash they get from wherever just because of the store’s company they are running and letting their companies die because of said reason around this money, these companies can all pop off for all I care. I will pay retail prices if I have to on many things, but if there is a better option in the gently used item market or at one’s local thrift store, I will most definitely go there first for all of my shopping needs. 🙂
But yes, thrifting is a great passion of mine and I absolutely love it! I would thrift more often if I could. 🙂
I am a good artist!
And I have been for ALL of my life! My middle school art teacher didn’t give me paper awards for nothing! ;D Although, I was never one of those millennials that just received a trophy for nothing in my childhood, but Adult Me is glad that I didn’t. That would mean I would have to STORE THEM somewhere. > _> Thank goodness I never did get one, haha. 🙂
As Ralph said from the movie, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, “Turns out I don’t need a medal to tell me I’m a good guy. Cause’ if that kid likes me… How bad can I be?”
Or in my case, I don’t need a medal or trophy to tell the world I am a good person because if people appreciate the me I bring to the world, how bad of a person can I be? 😀 Believe it or not, before hearing this quote when I was younger and just out of school, it really affected how I saw my situation without having won a trophy in my lifetime and I am thankful to have seen such a great movie to go along with the quote. Changed my life really. 🙂
However! My artwork is getting better all of the time and I look forward to improving it year after year as each day goes by 😀
I am a good writer!
This I have recently discovered in my early 20’s after writing many a story that have never completed, but I wish to complete something someday. Still working on my current story, dang it. > _< But someday, I wish to finish at least one story and self publish it for everyone who is interested in reading it. ❤ Whether I become a millionaire from it or not, haha. *insert laugh/cry emoji here*
I LOOOOVE minimalism and organizing!
Ever since turning 18 and discovering minimalism, despite many a bump along the way, I would never take this part of my life out. Minimalism truly gives me happiness and joy each and every day of my life and I can’t imagine myself ever going back to living like I used to with a bunch of clutter around. Teenage Me would not believe it if I told her that she would become a minimalist someday and think Adult Her was crazy. xD But she just doesn’t know how much an organized and tidied life would benefit her in the future and beyond!
I’m proud of Minimalist Me and wouldn’t change a thing about her in the world. 🙂
So yes, I was a fish climbing a tree and was never told how I was such an awesome person I was in my younger years by the United State’s School System that only valued Grades, GPAs (Grade Point Averages), and memorizing useless facts one would forget years later. Turns out I am pretty awesome person and the school system and society just didn’t let me know it all of this time! I had to figure it out myself in the long run. Thanks a lot, school system and society. > _>
Looking back, life may not have turned out the way I wanted it to be when I was younger, but in general, I am pretty happy. 🙂 I still wish most things in the world will change for the better someday though. ❤
But if your country’s school system and the society you lived in and/or currently live in failed to mention how awesome of a person you are, I’m going to do their jobs for them. YOU who are reading my blog are a fantastic person and are loved very much! Keep rocking! 😀 😀 😀
Were you ever a fish climbing up a tree?