Warning: if you are religious and easily offended please do not read.
There are some expressions which I really hate. Some cos they are stating the obvious like Life goes on or There are always people worse off! Then there is the Half glass full or half glass empty.
Recently I have added another to the list; Suffering makes you strong. Or words to that effect. Bullshit. I think religious people made that way up because they couldn’t find an answer to why bad things happen to good people. So in order to justify its existence and that God is not just a sadistic bastard the purpose of suffering is to ennoble us to make us stronger to make us appreciate the good times. Without the rain clouds how would we appreciate the sunshine?
Why is it bullshit? Because you were already strong before the suffering, otherwise where would you find the inner strength to come through? Chicken and egg? It doesn’t make you stronger. It just gives you an overdose of reality. Hey kid the world is a harsh unfair place and random, it doesn’t matter how good you are, get used to it!
Recently I have been trigger lucky with clicking like pages on motivational quotes on fb and maybe this is a reaction to all the sugary pearls of wisdom. Some are just downright lies. Ones like as long as you are positive and believe you can do or be whatever you want. Absolute baloney. I can safely say I will never be a brain surgeon or Olympic sprinter however much I believe and visualise and utter affirmations. No amount of post-its on my mirror and around the flat will do the trick.