Kirsty has given the prompt 'Hypocrisy - What do you tell others to do that you don't do yourself?'
I feel like I do this every day of the week at work.
I have lots of students who are in their final weeks at school coming to see me at the moment and they are not coping... The anxiety and stress levels are growing each day and I think they come to me for some comfort and words of wisdom, which I try my best to give them. I spruke on about everything being ok, and it'll all work out in the end, blah blah blah.... In reality, I have no freaking idea!
I feel like a hypocrite and that I am lying to them because there will be times when it's not ok, it may not work out the way they planned, that they have no freaking idea how hard their life is about to get and that some of them will fail.
I find it difficult to be realistic with them when so many of them are so close to the edge. I tell them to talk to their parents and friends about how they are really feeling and what they are really thinking and that these people won't be able to help them if they are not honest. This is also hypocritical of me because I don't do this!!
I even bought this top on the weekend as I absolutely LOVED the saying on it...
So why do we do this?
Are we afraid of hurting other peoples feelings? Are we scared that if we tell the truth something terrible will happen? Is it easier to tell other people what they should do than do it ourselves?
What do you think? Are you a hypocrite? What advice do you give that you don't follow yourself?