So let me pause and set the story up: this has been kind of a hard week. On one hand, very cool to be in Munich. On the other, had my nose rubbed in some hard truths related to my goal of self-improvement and the fact that I’m not where I want to be. That was tough. So, jet-lagged and out of my mind, I’m looking at his mail at 2:30 in the morning and going “I can’t sleep and if this is bad news, I will not handle it well. I’m waiting for later.”
So imagine my surprise when I open my mail up to read the following message from David Brin: Continue reading
When it comes to interacting with people, I’ve always been very polarizing. People will either love me or hate me, I’ll either be your hero or your worst enemy. I’ve never understood why … I just accepted that this as a by-product of living as an authentic person. When I started out, I was mostly just the enemy … the weird kid … I never understood why and some part of me was always angry that life had chosen this path for me.
It’s an old story. To thine ownself be true, I have chosen the road less-traveled, etc. etc. etc. There are many, MANY words written (and even more Facebook posts) about being okay with the unpopular choices. If you aren’t careful, you get used to equating being unpopular with being right.
When my son (AKA “Little Man”) was born, as I said, he was a catalyst for me being the best person I could be and that’s a process I work on every day. I was shocked and saddened when I learned he was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder but even more so when I realized that the symptoms he was giving off were the same ones I gave off when I was a child. Continue reading