Are you jaded?
Everyone is jaded at one point or another.
Aerosmith wrote a song about it. More on that below.
Do you remember life before you were jaded?
Do you remember standing at the foot of a towering tree, admiring the kaleidoscope of sunlight, branches, and leaves far above you?
Remember when life was beautiful and you truly believed that everything was possible?
It had to end sometime, right? Welcome to the jaded-hood.
Some people believe it is a necessary rite of passage, from blissfully ignorant youth to jaded adult. But I disagree.
Failure & Jadedness
Is it possible to overcome those jaded moments?
Short answer: Yes.
The first step to solving a problem is always to understand the cause.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of jaded is “feeling or showing a lack of interest and excitement caused by having done or experienced too much of something.”
By that definition, we can become jaded simply by living.
The first time we experience jadedness is often as a teenager, when we become jaded about school and learning new things.
Also at this time, we can easily become jaded about relationships after experiencing heartache. We started to become disillusioned about matters of the heart.
Aerosmith’s Jaded is a perfect illustration of this type of jadedness.
A Way Out
The more failure and disappointment we experience in life, the more jaded we can become.
It’s difficult to be optimistic and positive in this world, and even if you do manage it, you will be called naive.
But life is a mix of good and bad, of joy and heartbreak, of optimism and pessimism.
And in a world of uncertainties, one thing is certain: Life always goes on.
So when you feel jaded by life, because
- you will never be good at math
- or you will never paint like Monet
- or you will never find your one true love…
remember, it is best to never say never.
There is always tomorrow.
Tomorrow will bring new moments, twinkling moments of laughter and joy. These moments will replenish your sense of wonder and might just renew your faith… Faith that maybe the world is not just a loathsome stew of hardship, but a place of love and harmony.
When you stand at the foot of a towering tree, you will look up and you will see magic.
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