Are you better than you were yesterday? — @belleartmovementBelle ART Movement
by Alina Simu
Each day that passes by becomes yesterday, therefore becomes the past, so today is now, the present, and tomorrow is the future. Who I was yesterday matches who I am today, but maybe not tomorrow. Looking back, a year ago me was killed by a wiser present self. Wiser? I was never wise to begin with. How lucky are those who can call themselves this word!
There’s book smart, street smart and there’s wise people. They stay at the top of the pyramid, looking at the rest of us with pity. I can’t become wise, you can be wiser, but you’re just born with this asset. If you’re a narcissist, you might think you’re one, but see, there it is! Wise people don’t question themselves why do they have such a clear view while making choices, why is their intuition so sharp and how does it seem to be so easy for them to grasp the meaning of things.
Let me let you in on some secret, my dear reader, I’m neither of those. I’m just ambitious, with that I can achieve ‘book smartness’. It takes a lot of time for me to understand a subject, it takes a lot of time for me to finish reading a book, it takes a lot of time and effort for me to be good at something. Maybe that’s why I don’t consider myself as being lazy. I can’t afford laziness when I’m not smart by nature.
It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time. On one hand, I get frustrated because what for some seems to come so easily, for me it’s strange and unfamiliar, but on the other hand, being witty can make you slack, you think you’ll figure it out anyway, so you’re not working anymore for what you want to achieve.
At this point, you can have so many types of intelligence, emotional intelligence being one highly underrated. This, I think, is the type of intelligence that we need to work more on to achieve. It’s hard being self-aware, to show empathy, to have internal motivation and to have an amazing set of social skills at the same time. From this list, self-awareness is maybe the hardest. I feel that a lot of people don’t know themselves and they don’t know how to react to their own feelings, myself included, so in this process of not knowing they might become oblivious.
So, going back to the passing of time, each day that passes by I can just hope that I’m upgrading little by little. What are you doing today that makes you better than you were yesterday?