It’s easy to make decisions and pass judgment on all kinds of things without truly understanding the matter. We all have struggles in our lives and no matter what kind of background we’re from, those struggles are responsible for shaping who we become. We’re all a work in progress though, so in my opinion, you shouldn’t necessarily ever be satisfied and grow complacent as a result. It’s not a terrible thing though, to be grateful and content with what you’ve got, however, I believe that there is a very thin line between being satisfied and complacent and being grateful and content. Some people have an internal battle being waged constantly and they are more or less just seeking solace and peace in some way. And, once they’re able to find it and can finally relax, they want to stay in that place. I can understand that and I can also understand why someone might look at that as being satisfied and complacent, but we don’t often know the whole story.
If we could all understand that we all have different challenges in our lives, some more visible and some less so, we would be less judgmental and empathetic to each other’s causes and more likely to understand them. A person who has crooked teeth and is self-conscious about them, for example, has perspective on a struggle that someone who had braces growing up has no clue about. Discussing these things is the only way that we’re ever going to be able to understand where one another are coming from, then it’ll be easier to genuinely care about each other so we can begin to cooperate instead of compete. The struggles that we all have to deal with in our lives are part of what make us who we are and if we ever get to the point that we overcome those struggles, through acceptance, hard work or a combination of the two, then we maybe have a shot at being happy. Being happy should be the goal, but it shouldn’t be the only goal because there are over seven billion people in this world who need help, but you can’t do much for them until you help yourself.
Let’s go back to the example that I brought up earlier about the need for braces. Orthodontists in every city understand that they’re in the confidence building field more than anything else. Some people are more proactive about their confidence regarding this subject than others, but there are reactive steps that can be taken to correct someone’s smile like there are proactive ones. The most ideal time to have braces is after one’s baby teeth fall out, most of their permanent ones have grown in and their smile is beginning to naturally take shape. During this time, as the teeth are growing and pushing others into or out-of-place, an orthodontic patient’s smile can be gently coaxed into alignment with the proper tools and know-how. After a smile is formed, teeth can end up in places that could take twice as long with the aid of braces to get back to their ideal spot than they would have if they had braces during the time that they were coming in. This is one of several reasons why having kids braces is better than having adult braces instead.
Ask any adult who is open about being uncomfortable about their smile and you’ll hear them tell you that they wish their parents would have gotten them braces. People blame their parents for all kinds of problems that they have in life and some of that blame placement is valid, but some if it is not and is unfair. However, the matter regarding braces is something that is always out of the control of the kid because they’re not financially independent and capable of affording them personally, so this one is in the parent’s wheel house. I wouldn’t necessarily say that parents are to blame for their kid’s lack of confidence later in life if they’re not comfortable with their smile, but if they could have made some better decisions in order to have been in a financial position to get their kid braces, then that would have been preferable. Any parent should want their kid to healthy, confident and capable so the can grow into someone who is able to be self-sufficient and happy people who are able to contribute something positive to this world. Believe it or not, a kid getting the proper orthodontic care may be the best way to put them in a position to succeed, because they’ll have at least one less thing in their lives to potentially struggle with as a result.