You’re smarter than you think you are. I am too. Consider the following statements that are so common that they are cliche. But cliche does not mean there is no meaning–just that the meaning is so obvious it’s repeated ad nauseam.
1) It’s all so confusing.
At first glance this sounds like something you would say when you don’t have clarity about anything. That would be wrong. The very fact that you pronounce judgement on a set of perceptions which you can’t seem to understand means that you know that things can and should be ordered in a comprehensible way. In other words there is ‘a wisdom above you’ or ‘outside of you’. This is a very wise assumption. If the world were just one big confusion you would not question it or be disturbed by it.
2) I should have known.
This is the language of regret. Looking back in hindsight we see more clearly. The fact that we have this insight is not necessarily abject failure but rather growth. This is our wiser older self talking to our younger self.
3) There’s no end in sight.
On the surface this seems like a very pessimistic view. We are physiologically goal oriented creatures. Our bodies are constantly honed on a goal. This statement reinforces that we are looking for the end goal even if we cannot see it yet. It’s an attempt to speak to our inability to see what we need to see or to recalibrate to a new goal.
You are brilliantly designed for overcoming obstacles that these statements ‘objectify’. Your very words give you away.