it emerged that her past behavior was far from irreproachable

(I was flipping through a dictionary a few days ago, and that was the sentence used for the definition of “emerge”.)

Three conversations I’ve had recently:

One. During which I said that I had a lot of emotional baggage.

Two. A friend said she needed to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. I told her that I’ve given up trying to figure it out. Every time I think I know, things change. And where I end up is nothing like my well-made plans.

Three. Reflecting on how my life has changed since 2001. And I said I think I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.

It seems like the dots wouldn’t connect.

None of us have a past beyond reproach. Knowing that takes the pressure off.

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