Do you see it? Am I the only one?
Ok so the backstory: I was walking in the grocery store a few months back and as I passed by the aisle, out of the corner of my eye I noticed something “odd”. After a few more steps I stopped and said “Wait… why is he sad?” so I backed up and looked again. I stood there for a minute and was definitely confused. At this point I snapped a photo of the display thinking that it was one of two things: This was some sort of marketing campaign and if I just got closer to the display it would tell me the keebler boy was sad because the evil cookie thief had stolen all his favorite treats and it was up to me to collect them all. Or this was just a humorous design error that would make for a good laugh when I showed the people I was with. Unfortunately it was neither of these.
When I called my friends over to see what I had stumbled upon I asked, waiting to join in the giggle “Why is the keebler boy sad?” and they looked at me visibly confused. They couldn't see it. “What are you talking about? He's a happy toy soldier.” I looked again. I couldn't see it. I walked up to it… “Look at his nervous eyes and his frown.” They couldn't see it. So now I was thinking to myself “Is there something wrong with me?” I backed up again and gathered all of my focus or more accurately my …. Unfocus lol?? …. To see the happy toy soldier. But as soon as I blinked back to “my reality” he was sad and nervous all over again.
For the rest of that day I thought to myself “is my view of the world skewed towards the negative?”. Having struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life I now wondered if I was seeing the world the way it truly is or has everything been tainted with a bit of grey? And if so what other things am I seeing that most do not? How much of my day is filled with these little “miss interpretations” of the truth?
So I ask the question: Do you see it? Am I the only one?
P.S. Sorry for the blurry pic. Shaky hands.
P.P.S. I am new here and have no idea what my direction is going to be or if I will even have one lol. I do believe in this platform and I am enjoying my time here exploring, reading and learning new things everyday. From what I have seen the people here are welcoming, kind, helpful, just honest good people. I would never have posted something like this anywhere else on the internet but the community you all have gathered here is something special and I'm glad to be a small part of it. I realize this is not a typical "introduce yourself" post but I figure now is as good a time as any so, Hello friends.