I wouldn?t really know too much about pressure. I stay away from it like snow in the Sahara. That reminds me, isn?t it funny how an adage might get lost in cultural translation? For instance, take the saying, Don?t eat yellow snow. Well, try telling that to a Bedouin who?s never left the desert and has never seen pictures of other climates. You might have to rephrase it to, Never eat yellow sand, which is sort of silly.
[Funny] [Jarod Kintz] [Desert] [Surreal] [Translation] [Bedouin] [Pressure]
I don't know where this pressure came from. I can't blame my parents because it has always felt internal. Like any other parent, my mother celebrated the A grades and the less-than-A grades she felt there was no need to tell anybody about. But not acknowledging the effort that ended in a less than perfect result impacted me as a child. If I didn't win, then we wouldn't tell anyone that I had even competed to save us the embarrassment of acknowledging that someone else was better. Keeping the secret made me think that losing was something to be ashamed of, and that unless I was sure I was going to be the champion there was no point in trying. And there was certainly no point to just having fun.
[Success] [Effort] [Competition] [Perfection] [Pressure] [Portia De Rossi] [Unbearable Lightness]
The pressure of adversity is the most powerful sustainer of accountability. It's as though everything one does is multiplied by 50 in order to surpass those with a head-start. I was never capable of slacking when at the threshold of failure.
[Criss Jami] [Failure] [Adversity] [Pressure] [Accountability] [Slacking]