Old men remind young boys that they’re doing it the right way. But young boys strive to do it the wrong way. Young mothers try to turn young boys into men. But the boys only want to be boys. Aging mothers try to turn grown men back into young boys. But the men only want to be men.
Old women remind young girls that they’re doing it the wrong way. But young girls strive to do it the right way. Young fathers try to warn young girls about the type of boys they themselves used to be. But the girls only get more curious to know those type of boys. Aging fathers try to warn grown women about the type of men they themselves used to be. But the women only get more curious to know those type of men.
Remember what you said when you were a baby and something hurt you? You said, ‘Owie,” and then you started to cry. But do you remember what you were doing right before that? Maybe you were trying to walk or run for the first time. Maybe you’d just discovered fire.
As you got older, not too much changed. It was probably ‘ouch’ or ‘ow’ instead of ‘owie.’ And maybe, this time, you were learning to ride a bike or climb a tree or do a flip into the pool. Then you got even older and shortly before you said one of those words maybe you were applying to your dream school or falling in love for the first time or sharing a piece of your art with the world. Then one of those words. Then the tears.
See, right before those words, you were experiencing something new. Right after, this was the first time you realized you had to evolve or make a change to be better, to make yourself better, to make yourself happier.
It’s the moments right before and right after ‘owie’ that will always define our lives."
- (via nickmiller)