Living An Embarrassing Life
Have you ever watched TV or read the newspaper and felt embarrassed for someone that got caught in an unpleasant situation. What about when you see someone performing a job that you feel is somehow below you? We have all, at one time or another, looked at someone else and felt embarrassed about how their life is turning out, yet very few of us actually take the time to shine that same spotlight on our own life. What exactly is it about the way another person lives that makes their life seem embarrassing, especially when they may very well be looking at your lifestyle in the exact same way? Let’s take a look at some examples.
Much of what we do and how we judge is based on material things. There is almost an automatic assumption that someone with a huge house, great car, and a ton of money must be happy. If that is the case, then why do so many big name celebrities end up in situations that we deem to be embarrassing? The reality is that we are likely to never find out the events that led up to that situation, making it impossible to decide if it really is something we should be embarrassed about. Was that big name actor who got caught cheating on their spouse unhappy in their marriage? There is no justification for infidelity, but it’s a little easier to understand if that person is in a horribly unhealthy relationship. What we look at as being embarrassing might actually end up being an escape of sorts for them.
As mentioned earlier, we often look at where people live as an indication of just how embarrassing their life must be. It’s all too easy to assume that someone living in an old home that is in major need of repairs must just be miserable. There is no way to know that, though, as they may very well love where they live, but are just a little short financially. They might even own that home outright, making them very proud of the fact that they worked so hard to be able to do so. Those same people might very well look at you in the home that is being paid for by a parent as something that is embarrassing. The point is that embarrassment is very much in the eye of the beholder here, as is the house.
In order to live a life of any kind of comfort, it is important to have a job. The job that you choose may not be exactly what you dream of, but if it pays the bills and makes you happy, is that something that you should be embarrassed about? You might very well have a lucrative job that affords you all sorts of luxuries, but does that make you any better than the person that comes and cleans your pool or looks after your garden? If anyone should feel shame in that situation it is the person who looks down upon the other because of the job that they do. It’s also worth remembering that life can often deal you a bad hand, which means that great job and all that cool stuff can be taken away in a moment. You never know when you are going to have to be faced with the position of having to take a job that you once thought of as beneath you, especially with the economy in the position that it is in right now.
The point of all this is that you have to wonder if there really is such a thing as an embarrassing life. Does the person who you view as living that life spend their every waking moment ashamed about what they do, or do they perhaps look at you with the same sort of pity that you reserve solely for others?