Today I took a walk at the beach.
At one point, I could hear a ton of commotion as I approached a large crowd of people standing in a circle on the Venice Beach boardwalk.
In the center of the circle were two guys yelling and swearing at each other as they both played tug of war with a bicycle.
“Give me my bike back,” said one guy.
“I’ll give it back when you pay me the money you owe me for breaking my stuff,” said the other guy.
Everyone in the crowd could be divided into two categories: The question people and the answer people. The question people asked things like “What’s going on?” or “Who started it?” or “Which one is right?” The answer people were busy explaining how the conflict arose. Both the question people and the answer people were in awe as they watched these two guys carry on.
Isn’t drama interesting? Isn’t it fun? Isn’t it just so exciting when we see things like that? I can really relate to the people in the crowd. I’ve made similar choices in the past. I can think of plenty of times when I would stop to watch such things. Not today though. The stuff I had going on was far more important than trying to get to the bottom of someone else’s drama.
Here’s today’s two cents: Just because everyone else is watching something, it doesn’t mean you need to watch it. Just because everyone else is making a big deal out of something, it doesn’t mean you need to make a big deal out of it. I don’t think it’s useful to stick your head in the sand and pretend as if everything is great, but I do think it’s self-destructive to give your attention to things based on other people’s standards.
There’s always a sensational or scandalous story going on. Always. And there’s always a crowd of people gathering around to discuss the latest bit of drama. If it improves your quality of life to engage such things, then enjoy your freedom to indulge it. If you have a larger purpose or mission to fulfill, however, you might want to just keep walking.
Don’t let people waste your time. Don’t let people drain your energy. Don’t let people distract you from doing things that will actually matter 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years from now.
At least that’s the way I see it.