Ignorance is bliss, until it’s not.

three-monkeys-1212621_1280There are some situations in life where ignorance is truly bliss. One personal example is from my step-sister who is mentally and physically challenged. She has multiple issues that plague her and there is not just one diagnosis. The main challenge is the fact that her brain is stuck in the state of a three-year-old. No matter how old she gets, her brain will maintain the cognitive abilities of a three-year-old girl.

When I was sixteen, and living with her, I made the realization that in many ways she was a real life Peter Pan.  She will never grow up and deal with the confusing world of being an adult. In that aspect I envied her. It dawned on me that so many challenged individuals do not enjoy the benefits of an ever lasting bliss.  Countless others have to deal with their challenges and be aware of how different they are. They will most likely never have a choice otherwise.

The good news for the rest of us, is we do have a choice.  Sadly though, many of us chose to stay in ignorance. We allow our mind to conveniently hide things under the rug. Whenever it’s ugly head pops out, we just shove it back in with a broom. Anything come to mind as you read this? Anything financially?

Unlike my step-sister, as we age, we have the ability to learn and grow. Growth can also be referred to as maturity. Here is a quote from Dave Ramsey that I recently heard on the subject, “Maturity is learning to delay pleasure. Adults devise a plan and follow it. Children do what feels good”. Which one of these are you?

You have the power to remove your ignorance. All you need is a little courage to lift up the rug. I promise you, it will be worth.

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