A few thoughts on responsibility

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1.Responsibility as we know it is one of the many life celebrities often cast in a bad light. The old and unspoken untrue truth is that responsibility is a slow old man with no sense of humor, who sees the world in black and white and hates kids. Responsibility is that who comes to shut down the party just when begins to reach its peak so we think. Great moments don’t come that often, and anything that stops the “play hard to get” state we call flow, or “the zone” should be abolished. Outcasted. What you forget is that when you do what you’re supposed to do when it’s supposed to be done, time is not scarce but plentiful. And when you have time, you don’t have to worship every second just like a starving child does with every bread crum or grain of rice. Great moments are shy by nature, and they come when you don’t expect them to. When they are not forced to come into being. When they finally reach the hard to reach balance between carefulness and carelessness. Which can only happen you have the most time to spare. When you are responsible when you’re supposed to be responsible. A great moment is the favorite child of spontaneity, a grandchild of free and uninterrupted time, and a great-grandchild of responsibility when responsibility is required.

2.On the other side of the coin of responsibility lies the pressure to perform, as with ownership comes not only the praise but also the demand for results. And this is why most people stay away from responsibility. The psychological burden of making things happen is too heavy to carry.

3.Responsibility can be scary and soul-eating monster when unhandled, the biggest promoter of misery when you’re aware of its existance but do nothing about it, and your best friend when you make it a priority. As taking care of business today and now is not just good for the near future, but also for the long term, especially when you and the many future past versions of you work together, just to make this specific point in the future better than all that came before it.

4.Responsibility is the agent that kicks the metamorphosis from child to adult. And this is the reason why mature children and childish adults are even a thing. Maturity is not a badge of honor given only by the virtue of blowing enough candles in birthday cakes but attributed to those who grab not only their life and fate by the collar, and maybe even someone else’s life and fate. They’ve accepted the heavy psychological load of making things happen when it was requested of them. And that’s when they became “born again” and turned into someone else altogether. Someone more akin to a stranger, though the stranger is no one other than themselves. A better version of the past despite the nonstop craving for the illusory peace and comfort that comes from not being responsible for anything.

5.Responsibility is more than just a tool to virtue signal one’s “goodness” to the world. Responsibility is also a sign of confidence with regards to oneself.Trust.Self-respect. By taking ownership you say more than that the task will be seen to completion. By accepting or rejecting when an opportunity for responsibility shows itself, you say quite a bit about your opinion of yourself. By taking responsibility you say without saying that you are an active contributor to society, as even when you’re the only beneficiary of your ownership, society still gains something in one way or another. When you take ownership for your life, you eventually improve it. Which makes you better as a person, more and more positive and motivated. Which makes you more creative and rare are the instances in which the product of a creative act is selfish, even when the mind that gave birth to it had selfish intents the second before genesis.

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