When we’re younger we feel like we know everything there is to know about everything. It bothers us to accept advice. Whether it’s from our parents, siblings, teachers, friends. We don’t ever think that ‘it could happen to us’. In our minds, we are the exception. We’re too smart for that. There’s no way we could never fall for ‘it’. Then one day, we do. It does happen to us and we’re devastated. Reflectively it hits us: The very thing that someone tried to warn us about has happened to us. You then become painfully aware that maybe, just maybe that person did know what they were talking about. Hopefully (and not in all cases) with age comes the art of ‘listening.
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Oh so true Roger. I remember well when I was 16 years old and I thought I had all the answers. Of course the years since have proved how foolish I was to think that. I’m pushing 74 now and learning something new every day. I find it interesting today that I look at some young people who had the same attitude I did when I was their age and I think “You’ll learn.”