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I Can't Understand Why ...

A question mark drawn on a sheet of paper

I hear people say that a lot. You probably have, too. Maybe that statement was directed at you. It has been with me.

What do I mean when I talk about people saying I can’t understand why …? They say things like:

  • I can’t understand why you bought that
  • I can’t understand why you use that software
  • I can’t understand why you like that band

And the list goes on.

When someone says I can’t understand why …, they’re looking at a situation from their perspective. They’re looking at a situation through their filters. They’re comparing whatever it is to their own likes and biases. They might even have had a bad experience with something, or not had their expectations met.

When someone says I don’t understand why …, there’s often an element of reproach or an assignment of guilt in that statement. They might just want to make you feel bad for making the choice you did.

Ignore them.

Remember that you chose to buy or use or like something because it suits you. Because it fits your needs.

The opinions of others don’t matter. What matters in this case is your opinion. As I’ve said in the past, letting the opinions and ideas of others influence you can give them some degree of control over you and your life. Control they don’t deserve and shouldn’t have.

You can only be true to yourself, your opinions, your ideas. Trust them. Trust yourself.

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