The Importance of Perspective

Your perspective of the world dictates the lens through which you see it.

If you’re pessimistic, you will see obstacles where an optimist sees opportunity.

Tiny changes in your perspective can have a big impact on your life.

This picture is of Uluru, arguably, the most iconic image of Australia.

However, from this perspective it looks an uninspiring rock, with no special features.

Step back 500 metres and you would see a gigantic, magnificent rock formation staring back at you.

I’m amazed by how things change depending on how you look at them.

When I was little, I was fascinated by Uluru. I would open my encyclopedia, rapidly through to the page the rock was on, and just stare it.

I was mesmerised by its beauty and the way the orange rock stood out against the blue sky.

Without realising it, that was the moment the idea of going to Australia was planted in my 8 year old mind.

I had to see the rock. I just had to.

When I finally got to Uluru 15 years later, I was even more mesmerised than I was as a child!

It took my breath away. The image staring back at me was almost identical to the one I had found in my encyclopedia all those years ago.

The next day we were able to see Uluru up close. I was mesmerised, but in a different way.

Unsurprisingly, Uluru looked completely different up close. You could clearly see the years of erosion that were slowly eating away at the rock.

Black stains were visible where rain had previously poured down the rock in a shower.

Changing my perspective of Uluru had given me a new view of it.

Up close, it was a rock. Nothing more. You couldn’t see the grandeur, like you could from a distance.

I was still in awe, but a part of me was sad that I saw it up close. My perspective had been altered.

I had seen the harsh reality. Uluru, although an undeniably magical place, was simply, just a big rock, in a field.

Our perspective can shape our reality. Never assume what you believe or see is definitive.

Everything appears different upon closer inspection.

We worship people we don’t know, blindly. We are observing their lives through a keyhole, yet we wish we could be like them.

Without perspective, you cannot truly know the intimate details of their lives.

It is, but one perspective, a flawed one.

Much like the above picture appears ordinary, a lot of peoples lives on social media seem extraordinary.

The truth is somewhere in between.

You need to consider your perspective before jumping to conclusions.

Appearances can be deceptive.

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