Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day 25: Hey. You!

"You are wise beyond your years."

I don't remember the first time I heard it, but the first time it stuck, I was in ninth grade.  And stick it did.  Maybe because my English teacher wrote it on nearly every paper I turned in.

At that time, I thought it to be a high, high, compliment, and was very proud to be considered such a wise kid.  Now that I look back on that, I realize that while it was most definitely meant as a compliment.......  being wise beyond your years is not always a good thing.  Cause it meant that I had experienced things that were well beyond my tender young years.  And those experiences were not always good ones, often resulting in lost childhood experiences.

Funny how a few years can completely shift your perspective on a simple comment from a well-meaning and wonderful friend.

Day 25 Prompt: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad.)


  1. When I remember some simple comment I heard way back in the past and it still resonates in my mind - it makes me scared to ever open my mouth! You are right, sometimes these things stick with us and their meaning changes as we change. I hope you can look back on those years with compassion for your younger you.

    1. It really makes you think about what you say, or at least this has made me choose my words more carefully, knowing that they really can have a lasting impact.


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