From the day you are born until the day you die, life is one awkward moment after another.
Many folks despair that their lives are not "perfect" like other people's. We all worship the superstars in the world, who seem to live ideal lives. The popular kids in High School, all wore the right clothes and said the right things. The star of the football team, who threw a 100-yard pass to make a touchdown and win the State Championship. In college, it is the same thing - the frat boys who inexplicably can afford brand-new cars, or the popular Sorority girls in their designer duds. At work, it is the superstar young hot-shot, on his way to the top. Or in world of entertainment, the rock star who goes from one platinum record to the next. Or the politician who never seems to lose an election. From outside looking in, their lives seem perfect.
It may seem that way, but it usually isn't. And in fact, people torture themselves because their lives don't live up to this impossible standard.
We are taught from birth that our lives have a story arc: get good grades in high school, ace the SATS, get into a good school, graduate with good grades, get a good job, build a career, get married, have children, retire, play golf in Florida, then die.Well, that "story arc" model of life is bullshit, let me tell you. Few of us actually live that way. But the story is still told, and the underlying message of it is this: If you fuck up, even once, it's all over for you, buddy! You'll be a "loser" for the rest of your life!