Getting to Know All About You

I usually know more intimate details of another person's life - than they ever will know about mine. 

A part of me, still to this day, can feel I don't fit in. Homeless, living on the streets by age 13. (literally two months before my 13th birthday.) I had to learn to survive in hostile surroundings. I raised myself. I'm self educated. Over the years I've learned to read people very well. I also learned the importance of being able to socialize and be accepted among many different kinds of people from all walks of life. I loved to learn.

I found it insulting if I confided in someone about the difficult challenges I faced, or the things I've suffered through and beyond - only to be met with a thoughtless response, saying, "Oh I'm so sorry, you had things so hard." or "You poor thing." When the right response should have been; "I'm impressed! 'You did a spectacular job raising and educating yourself - and making something beautiful out of the ashes of your past. Survived? You more than survived, you distinguished yourself, you excelled!"

So, I learned it was better not to mention my past or what I had to go through to get to where I am - and become the person I am today. I'm very proud of myself. Unfortunately it changes another person's entire perspective of you once they hear the truth. That was one of the most important lessons I've learned.

My feeling at times that I don't fit in anywhere; I'm sure it is a result of all this. So few people can ever really know me.

Tayer09 Tayer09
51-55, F
Mar 5, 2009