I recently read an article on Cracked titled “6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.” It is a harsh, yet inspiring read that forces the reader to accept a lot of things about themselves.
Most of you will not read this article, instead opting to make a snarky, dismissive joke and continue your day. That’s okay.
The article starts off with an interesting “game” to determine whether the article is for you or not. It tells you to name five impressive things about yourself, but “here’s the catch – you’re not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I’m a nice guy, I’m honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts).”
If coming up with this list was difficult, it implores you to read the rest of the article. I think you should read it anyway, but know that it’s a long, difficult read that will force you to come to term with a lot of things. Even though it’s a Cracked article, it may be one of the most important things you ever read, and even applies to how you can play and excel at fighting games.
Anyway, this list basically determines how useful you are to the world, and what you can do for it. This list essentially defines who you are as a person, instead of a collection of emotions and opinions that are useful only to yourself.
Here’s my list:
– I have modded a ridiculous number of arcade sticks. Probably over three hundred.
– I figure most technical things out at a ridiculous speed. If I don’t know something, give me five minutes directly on-hand with the subject (or on Google) and I can convince you that I’m an expert on it.
– I have received a few awards and accolades for writing, both in journalism and in fiction.
– I can make anyone laugh.
– I inspire people without even trying. It just happens. As arrogant as this sounds, my life is not desirable in any way, and I do not believe myself to be anyone of importance. However, people at tournaments still want to shake my hand, tell me how happy they are to meet me, and how much they appreciate my story or what I do. I don’t think I deserve that. It still happens. Also, if you laughed at what I just said, please see the previous item on this list.
What’s your list? How hard was it to write? Thoughts on the article?