Open-Minded is one of these weeks’ challenge so I’m going to write about it.
It asks me to write a post about how being open-minded worked for me or against me.
Well, today we kind of live in a society that is getting more and more open-minded. It is so open-minded, that people are kind of ridiculed if they are close minded. Ironic paradox kind of. I mean, if you are close-minded, then the open-minded people get on your case about being close-minded, but by doing that, they are acting close-minded because they don’t know what the original close-minded person has experienced thus making them close-minded.
Ah, but that’s just me thinking.
For me, I’d say I’m fairly open-minded. I gotta be to survive really. I guess it has worked for me. I was open to trying new drinks and that’s given me a lot of good posts here. It is probably one of my favourite subjects to write about on the Rad Blog.
Despite that, I’m probably really close-minded. I don’t like doing new things because I end up being absolute rubbish at it so I tend to not try. I know, I know. Every shot you don’t take you miss. Blah Blah. I get it, but history shows I’ll probably miss anyway so I don’t.
I can’t afford to keep that mindset in the job world because lemme tell ya, if I was picky about work, I would be homeless.
That said, I was open to trying summer seasonal work with tourists. I thought “yeah, my brother did this so I can do it too.” I didn’t know how it was going to be and it completely sucked. Being open-minded about this job was pretty crap. Tourists are picky, annoying, stupid, and downright mean most of the time.
Someone said every closed door leads to another open one so I’m gonna swing with that. I learned that I absolutely hate this job, so it makes me wanna find something else so I don’t have to do it anymore. It also shows me that I’m not cut out for the seasonal touristy jobs. I mean, I guess I am, but it completely drained my sanity.
That’s my mentality with most things these days. I was saying on last night’s stream that as much as I despise what college did to me, I have no choice but to live with the consequences. I don’t have time to really live the “oh, woe is me! College is useless and this economy is crap.” If you look at posts from like two years ago, I was stuck in that way of thinking. I found that keeping that close-minded way really didn’t help.
Sure, I am right. The economy sucks and my college degree isn’t worth the paper it is printed on, but I can’t swell on it. I gotta keep moving. I gotta accept as useful as a chocolate teapot, but I gotta stay open to all jobs. Maybe one blossoms. Maybe it doesn’t. I can’t let it stop me no matter what.
My old way of thinking was “why bother doing anything at all?” It didn’t work out because standing still gets me nowhere fast. Now I say “why bother shooting for the stars because they are too far away?” In my old mindset, I was only looking for work where I’d be using my degree. I guess that was okay because I earned it so why should I do anything less? I’ve learned now that I can’t just do that. I gotta get out there and try things because if I don’t, I’ll end up going nowhere.
So yeah, keeping that closed mindset backfired because no employment means no experience and no experience means no future jobs.
My final though is that both staying too open and too closed both lead to bad paths. The best thing to be is to act like elastic. Elastic has one form, but it will bend and shape to other objects. When its purpose is fulfilled, it will go back to its original shape. It’s a good balance between open and close.