So much of our life is spent looking at what others are doing and then trying to imitate that… sometimes we admire what someone does and sometimes we envy. But overall, irrespective of the factor that ends up impressing us, the baseline remains the same – the influence.
There are times when we don’t know what to do with our lives or we feel we are lacking something – this could be towards a micro aspect of life or macro life itself. With the above factors coming into play, we then get influenced by what someone else is doing and try to implement that into our lives.
We don’t know whether we need that in our life or not, but because we got influenced and thus ended up imitating, we don’t realise the true value of doing that for a while; it’s only after some time then do we realise its role and whether we need to continue or discard that particular imitation from our life.
It’s easy to get influenced – it seems better when someone else is doing something… especially if they’re good at it too – then it’s more impressive than usual, where we forget how difficult the initial steps of undertaking such a process would be.
The problem is we don’t understand ourselves nor we do take the time to understand as well… instead of putting in that time, it feels easier and time-saving to get influenced and do something that someone is already doing…once we do understand ourselves, we can know what we want and whether doing something particular is beneficial to us or not.
Moreover, in such a process, even if someone else is doing something similar… because we want to do that for ourselves, and go through that process, someone else’s level 15 doesn’t undermine our level 2 in our heads, we are then able to stay on our paths and walk on the journey that we have set for ourselves.
Sometimes such influence is good because it can cater you to in the right direction… but many times such influence works the opposite way for you, especially if the intent towards getting that influence isn’t right.