Heard that expression before? – Of course you have, it’s a massive cliché, and one that carries a lot of greatness. Some of that greatness is in the fact that everyone has done something.
I refer here to absolutely anything - from screening calls, to burning toast and finding out there’s no more bread.
We can all be a part of that phrase. Or at least that thought when someone brings up the thing you’ve done before.
Sharing our opinions on things we know about, to others, offers them a sense of security.
You know, like when someone has money woes and you say, “I know exactly how you feel“. Or, someone hates their job and you both partake in a meaningless conversation about just how crappy bosses can be – to show you actually know what it’s like.
There’s always that warm feeling you get when you Google a query, and someone’s already asked the same thing. You complain about the state of telephone customer services because of impossible language or dialect barriers, and someone else agrees. It’s a beautiful thing.
I feel like it’s kind of why we do anything. Such as going to the cinema with the big screens and the enhanced SFX (as if you weren’t familiar with a cinema) instead of waiting for the DVD release. Or read reviews about other people’s experiences; we care to share.
Now, this isn’t to say that we aren’t individual enough to discover great things without help, it only means that we’re, well, human.