Fred Rogers once said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” (@out.of.hiding) I understand where Mr. Rogers is coming from but our society is full of such needy and greedy people which makes “sharing responsibility” nearly impossible to accomplish. Some people aren’t worth helping. These kind of people won’t even show up to your funeral after you eventually die as well.
Narcissism is a common trait in irresponsible people. Which is why people post boast about, “It’s all about me and nobody else. I only care about me and if it doesn’t benefit me I just don’t give a fuck.” because they want to minus themselves from genuinely helping others. You are not a hero. Nobody is. You are a regular person. It’s not your responsibility to save the world. Only do what you can because you and I are just regular people.
Have you ever had a job that mentally drained you? Physically, you can come in and work but your mind just can’t keep up most of the time. At previous jobs, I would try to be the “hero”, the guy who constantly tried to pick up the slack for others. What did I get, nothing? All I really wanted was the proper paychecks and the recognition. Guess what? It never happened. I had to learn the hard way that I’ll always be surrounded by people who refuse to “share responsibility”. This is why at my current job I do the best I can and go home for my own sanity. If others don’t approve, oh well!
Lastly, there are only a small amount of people who lead by example. Most people just talk and quite frankly, talk too much. Set your own bars and examples to live by. Take care of yourself because that’s the only person who truly knows you. You can’t risk your life trying to save everybody. You and I are not heroes, we are just regular people.
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