It’s quite uncomfortable to be an adolescent at age thirty-two.
Our lives are a process every moment, which means change is ever-present. As new information is sorted and acquired, old habits are discarded. We don’t let go of some old behaviors easily, however. They are like uncomfortable shoes. They may be worn thin, and they probably embarrass us in certain company, but we slip them on unconsciously—
and then it’s too late. Maturity is an”as if” behavior, initially. Emotional development was stunted, for most of us, with the onset of our additive behavior, thus,we often
respond to situations like adolescents. Application of the “as if” principle will result both in new personal attitudes and familiar, yet welcome, responses from others. Acting as if
we are capable,
strong, confident, or serene will pave the way for making those behaviors real, after a time. If we believe in ourselves and our ability to become the
women we strive to be, we can then move forward confidently.
When my behavior embarrasses or shames me, I will accept the responsibility for changing it. Changing it offers immediate rewards.
The people around me will react in refreshing ways, and I’ll feel more fully alive.