STEPHEN FRY: WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN WHEN I WAS 18
Recently I was thinking a bit about “write off’s” and something in the video above reminded me I have been meaning to write about it (pun is appreciated but unintentional). When we have a bad experience we tend to write it off and attempt to avoid it and ignore it in the future. We do this with people and places, organizations and things.
For example, say I have a bad experience on a street. Then I do everything I can to avoid this street. I may save myself from the discomfort of having to think about my bad experience and I walk in places where I am not afraid but i also limit myself. Now there is one less avenue I can walk on. The same goes for people. We sometimes avoid people or things we have bad experiences with but we miss out on their unique and special contributions to the world.
Don’t give up on things. Everyday is a new beginning and a reinvention of it all. You only limit yourself.
I think my boycotting days are over.