Something new here, little pearls of wisdom. Sometimes I'll find these, or they will be toold to me in a way that sticks with me, or sometimes they'll come from the deep recess of my heat oppress-ed brain (with apologies to Shakespeare). I don't know how regular this will be, but they'll be here every now and again.
Today's is courtesy of Kimmers:
"Sometimes the people we grew up with are the ones that never realize you grew up too."
Simply put, there are some people in my life that view me through the lens they saw me with 30 years ago, when I was a boy. That's their frame of reference, and that is how they prefer to remember me. I suppose there's nothing wrong with that on principle, we all choose to remember people through the window we first saw them and knew them.
It's difficult for me, because my life has been a little Benjamin Button in this regard. My youth and young adulthood wasn't the happy time of my life, right now is.
The bottom line is this: I'm a guy who made some questionable choices as a youth, was bitter about those choices in my young adulthood, and have now reached a point in my life where I am on the right track. I'm at peace, and I can tell you that it's a pretty cool place to be.
Try it. You might surprise yourself. What's more, you might see others through a different window than the one you've been looking through for years.