One of the things I have had to learn is that if I'm going to continue to move forward, I have to be able to ignore and avoid stuck people.
You know the ones -
Stuck people give you 900 reasons why your dream will never happen.
Stuck people are the ones who see you moving toward your future and start reminding you of your past, what you did yesterday, last week, and six months ago.
Stuck people try to suck you into their wars over non-issues like choir uniforms, what color we should paint the bathroom, and if the ushers should wear black sox or navy.
Stuck people have no greater dream than to be the biggest fish in the small pond that they are currently swimming in - as if being the president of the PTA is actually a legitimate life goal.
Stuck people are the ones who look you up and down, see that you've lost weight and act as if they would rather have their tongue ripped from their head than compliment you.
Stuck people brag that they have been doing the same dang thing the same way for the last twenty years - as if that is a testimony.
Stuck people want to keep you focused on where you are at now and what you were then, rather than allowing you to focus on where you are going and what you can be.
If you are going to fulfill your dream, you had better learn to block out and ignore the stuck people.
Stuck people want company. Then they won't feel lonely. If everyone else around them is living a life just as hum-drum and mediocre as they are, they'll spend less time in the dark corners of their minds asking themselves the question, "Could I have had more, done more, been more?"
Stuck people want you to be stuck, just like them.
Maybe some day they will wake up and realize that the fly paper of their lives isn't as great as they thought it was. But I don't have time to stick around and find out.