What 2022 Thought Me
There are many things in our society that we are all unwilling participants in. Plenty of things that I could expand upon, but I learned that I don't always have to share my thoughts and ideas. For years I've been the person in either at work or in my social group who shares ideas or opinions about things. It often comes off as judgmental or a show-off.
Perhaps the most important thing that this past year has thought me is to just be a quiet observer. This ties in with a lot of the things I've learned:
- No one likes a know-it-all, even when you have receipts/data/scientifically proven research to back it up.
- Let others have their moments, allow others to try, and be supportive even when they fail.
- Being right is not always right (see bullet point 1), and being agreeable weighs more in people's hearts and minds than being smart or brilliant, or right.
- Be amiable. Give compliments and pleasantries, even shallow ones, will take you far - even when you're mediocre at best.
- Just do what you're asked/supposed to do. No more. No less.