I'm an intelligent, strong, compassionate, knowledgeable person, right? So why is it I keep making mistake after stupid mistake? I told myself, when I was younger and more naive, that I would never make the mistakes I had seen others make. I wouldn't think of myself as unworthy: but I did. I wouldn't let others dictate my lifestyle: but I did. I wouldn't stay in a relationship that made me less than I could be: but I did. I wouldn't let fear keep me from trying my best and stepping outside of my comfort zone: but I did.
Why did I let myself do all these things? It's so easy to look at the woes of another and see immediately how to fix it; but when it comes to my own errors, I'm completely blind.
I've made the same mistakes as so many before me in so many other generations have done, and I couldn't even see when I was making them. What is that quote again? "To remove the speck in your friend's eye, you must first remove the log in your own." Something like that. I guess it's just harder to see your own faults and imperfections--or harder to admit them--than it is to see them in others. I know that I'm not perfect, but I expect myself to be, and I get frustrated when I fail to live up to my expectations.
I suppose that's why we have friends--people whose faults and imperfections balance our own, so that we can both strive to realize our mistakes. Or at least have someone to slap us when we're being stupid.