Dear Guilt and Luck,
How are you guys? I hope things are good… I just wanted to mention something that has been really bothering me recently. Don’t worry! It’s nothing personal; I get that you’re just human inventions/conceptions that are meant to: 1) keep people moral and ethical, and 2) create some weird sense that there is a cosmic spontaneity to the situations we find ourselves in. However, I think you guys are getting a little too indulgent with the power you exert over people’s perceptions of how much they’re succeeding or failing at life.
I know this might be hard to hear, but it’s true and it’s hurting people. Y’all need to go on some hikes or kayaking trips or yoga retreats for self-discovery, because you’ve been clingy and toxic, and I know you’re better than that. I have faith in you guys, and you need to let people have more faith in themselves.
When I procrastinate with schoolwork or cleaning – which is often – guilt shouldn’t continue to hang around for so long, and to such a high degree. I’m human, I’m going to die eventually, and being slightly less productive than some abstract ideal won’t matter anyway. Guilt, I think hanging out with a few more sociopaths and psychopaths might give you some healthy perspective.
Also, when I’ve gotten a job or a good grade, luck shouldn’t take so much credit. I try to work hard and be grateful for what I achieve and/or receive; believing that luck and chance and happenstance played too big of a role in my successes doesn’t really encourage me to seek out new opportunities. By all means, it’s a good thing to be humble, but not to the extent that we undermine our abilities to achieve great things that could help people. Luck, perhaps sending some reminders to the 1% would be helpful to you, and may translate to philanthropy, thus concretely-benefiting those for whom you haven’t achieved much. I hope this doesn’t make you feel too guilty…It’s just a suggestion.
So, those are just a few of my thoughts. I hope you aren’t offended, but I think we should take a break for a while.
Have a great day,
A human being