I tend to assume a lot of things about people, books, things, places. And usually I’m right in my assumptions, which has prevented me from forsaking this bad habit of mine. Sometimes, though, I am very, very wrong.
In high school, my friend sat in front of me in one of my classes. She would turn around and talk to me before the bell rang and a boy sitting next to me would jump into our conversations. I thought he was lonely and annoying, but I was too polite to do anything but accept his awkward conversation. He would eventually become one of my best friends for years. I’ve always been grateful that my assumptions about him didn’t become the only thing I ever thought about him.
I’ve recently had this same problem with The Hunger Games books. After hearing a synopsis of what they were about, I assumed they were a knock-off of Battle Royale and I spent a couple years refusing to read them. Last summer, I finally broke down and read all three over the course of several days. I loved them. I am still kicking myself for waiting so long to read them. In my haste to judge, I assumed they would never be as good as I found Battle Royale to be. I am so glad I was wrong.
So, I guess this post is a reminder to myself that it’s never good to assume. It’s better to accept and experience before judging.
What are some things you’ve made wrong assumptions about?