You will find my blog posts covering a wide variety of topics, physical therapy & rehabilitation, athletic training & sports performance, mindset, research reviews, and sometimes just my own opinion about things that have been rattling around in my head.
This is one such post -- and it is literally just my 2 Cents.
So the topic: I was talking with someone recently about the idea of peoples Facebook persona, as the complaint was made that:
"Some people just aren't real. Their posts are always so happy and positive, and everything is always wonderful. It's such crap. Why can't they just be REAL. Be who they are all the time, all of the time - including on Facebook."
Yes, I agree with you if you are already thinking - dude, who cares about Facebook or what people are posting, I got stuff to do!
You see, that was my initial thought also. But then I got to thinking more about it, about what I personally post. My page appears exactly like the one she's criticizing, which then make me wonder if the concern was just projection of her own insecurity with life and how she feels, or does she have a point? I would say it's a toss up. HOWEVER, what gives her, or I, or you the right to judge what someone should or shouldn't portray anywhere, including Facebook? Who gets to decide what is "REAL". I would argue the person posting it, that's who.
Maybe, like myself, the person she was criticizing didn't necessarily have a perfect life but instead consciously chose to be happy. Perhaps the choice was made to not post negativity out of the idea that you reap what you sow? After all, it's not the events in life that are the issue or the choice in the equation, it is simply our response to them and how we chose to act, interpret, and accept them. I have no time for negativity, and choose to positively impact the world around me, and to surround myself with others who do the same.
Then it got me thinking of our young generation, and the concept of "Trying." So many people we come into contact these days - patients, friends, family members, pure strangers - convey this idea of "Trying" something as being good enough. Our physical therapy patient tried to do their exercises - and did them only once in the past week. They tried to get a job - because the sent two resumes out. They tried to get their kids to behave - but it was just too difficult to not give in to what the child wanted. They showed up for their little league games - so give everyone a participation trophy.
Perhaps by giving so much merit to "Trying" we are setting a blockade on ourselves that will only take you to the door, and not through it.
No one gets promoted in a job simply because the show up. Nor do they get points for Trying. I often wonder how big a change our future generations could make if we took more initiative to push our children to have successes and set higher goals for themselves rather then perpetuating the "just Try" cycle.
So the question then becomes many: Where are we only "Trying" in our own lives. How can we set ourselves up for successes, for getting through the door and not just to it. Maybe instead of just knocking and saying "Well, I tried." perhaps we should kick the damn thing in! How are we portraying this idea of goals and achievements to our children. Are they going to get a participation trophy in life?
Love to hear your thoughts and comments, as these were just a few things knocking around my brain the past few days!
- K. Bosch
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
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Thank you for stopping by the Athletes Physiotherapy Blog! Kristopher Bosch founded Athletes Physiotherapy in Las Vegas, NV. He is a Father, physical therapist, athletic trainer, pilates teacher, & perpetual student!
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