Friday 21 September 2018

Guilt... it's really not my trip... unless it works

Rory McIlroy. Photo: Lee Smith
Rory McIlroy. Photo: Lee Smith

John Masterson

Thankfully guilt does not play a big part in my life. There could be a number of reasons for this. I might never do anything that I wish I had not done.

That certainly isn't true. I might be a sociopath and just not feel normal emotions after bad behaviour. I am fairly sure that is not the case either. I think it is more that I have seen people who cripple themselves with guilt and it is not a good psychological place to be. And sometimes people try to guilt trip me but I can spot it a mile away. So the older I get the more I am able to say sorry, apologise to myself if needs be, and get on with living.

We feel guilt when we do something we should not have done. That ranges from a sneaky ice cream to breaking a confidence or telling a lie, or worse. We feel guilt when we don't do something we should have, be it a phone call or hospital visit.

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