Monday, June 04, 2012

Vice or virtue?

I have many, many character flaws. Now and then I set myself on a self-improvement mission in an effort to overcome my faults, but I always slide back into my bad habits pretty quickly because they're part of who I am. Just a few examples:

I take myself WAY too seriously WAY too often. I can get myself all worked up over things that just aren't all that important to anyone but me.

I expect too much of myself. I think I should achieve ridiculously lofty standards that I would NEVER ask of my kids, my husband, my clients, my colleagues or my friends. Why do I do that? Dunno.

I am pig-headed stubborn. I don't know how Bike Boy lives with me to be perfectly honest, because it's pretty much my way or the highway.

But you know what? All of those faults are also virtues. I set challenging goals, I slog away at things till they're done (or sometimes until I'm done) and I don't allow anything or anyone to get in my way. While I may be a pain in the arse to live with, I do actually achieve stuff sometimes. Stuff that may not be of world-shattering importance, but that makes a difference in my life and sometimes in the lives of others.

There have been many times when I've wished I was one of those laid-back kind of people who never seem to worry about anything, who just go with the flow. I could worry less about the mess in the house or how I performed against my own impossible standards. But then I think my life would be a lot less satisfying if I was the kind of person who just sat back and let things happen. I really doubt I'd achieve very much at all.

Does anyone else have faults that actually work in their favour?

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7 comments:

Casey said...

ahahaha, just face it Kek people are drawn to your fabulousness.

It happens to me at the movies and especially at the beach.
About 6 weeks ago I sat at the beach on an overcast day, so there wasnt really anyone else there, an old couple came and sat so close to me our towels were touching.

People are weird like that.

kathrynoh said...

So true. My son is pigheaded and stubborn too and while it was annoying, it meant he was also the kind of kid who wasn't pressured into doing stupid stuff by his mates.

Sara said...

Yeah, I'd say mine are pretty much the same as yours. The bonus is, I can really excel at something if I put my mind to it. The downside: stress and burnout.

Rockafella Skank said...

I think it's spot on... the weaknesses also being strengths. (And probably vice versa!)

A-M said...

Oh I love your honesty. You are so real Kerryn. Your vices are my vices so I love you! A-M xx

Kek said...

Seems I'm not alone then. I guess whether something is a fault or an admirable feature is all in the perspective. :)

Debstar said...

Maybe in our case opposites attract Kek.

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