It’s times like this that I actually feel grown up. Like I’m an adult with a 3 dimensional life. Not like I’m an imposter who’s faking it in public and almost like the toys in Toy Story, but in reverse, that when I’m alone I flop and become inanimate.
I thought I had lunch in the fridge at work but I didn't so I got adventurous in the food court. (That's either the saddest sentence ever, or an accurate reflection of city life.)
She was devastated, not so much about the reason for his announcement, but by what that announcement meant about their relationship. Her biggest pain was that he would know how much this would upset her, and that he would do it anyway. Her pain would have lower value to him than his participation in this potentially once in a lifetime moment.
I can accept that I benefit from the service of others all day, every day. Sometimes I see it, sometimes I don't.
I’m moving from regret and disappointment that they are my parents, to compassion for their suffering and misfortune.
All families have their foibles, and an in-law’s family foibles can be more frustrating at times because you don’t share their normal. At other times, like a big party, the lack of genetic connection and understanding of their normal can be freeing.
Useful or psychopathic? So far it feels useful but I think one of the signs of being a psychopath is probably not being able to self identify as a psychopath.
Finally, just as her report was winding up, I realised that because it meant a lot to her and not a lot to me, the simplest and most pain free way out of this situation was to say, 'I didn't know that, thanks for telling me' with a genuine smile and we both went on our way.
So many things I hear said around me or directly too me, I think don't need to be said. It;s often an observation that does nothing to improve, entertain, clarify the situation and some of my favorites include the word 'weird' which is meant to convey 'wrong'.
The acts of praise or protest both come from the same place, both in the name of diversity, equality, free speech and unity. If you want others to listen to you have to be prepared to offer them the same respect and listen to them.