Odd Man Out
An excerpt from a story posted on: fdthornton.weebly.com
This entire weekend I’ve been in a reflective frame of mind. Asking myself a lot of questions. Questions about where I am, who I am, and the people I’ve surrounded myself with. Of all these things the last one should be the easiest to tackle. Considering the very small number of individuals I actually confide in. To honest I’ve always been acquainted with a large numbers of people. I’m not a introvert in fact I’m quite friendly with most everyone I meet. The point is I’ve only kept a small circle of friends if which I actually confide in.
But over the decades that circle has gotten smaller and smaller. To the point where the only people I speak at length with are over the phone. Moving here created for me a “stranger in a strange land” mentality. Meaning I didn’t seem to fit in, at least in my mind. I have no point of reference and no shared experience with the people here. Oh our kids attended the same schools and we worked in the same places. But after 20 years of being asked, “Who are you kin too?” and “Where are you from?” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you’re the odd duck out.
At this point I’m really going over my 300 word threshold of attention I give most people including myself. So I’ll conclude this little introspection by saying, time is what you make it, not just a clock on the wall. And relationships are what are we make of them too. While making time to create and develop deep and meaningful relationships is difficult, it’s not impossible. Life is more than just likes on your smartphone. Each time our daughter posts a picture of our granddaughter, my wife kisses it. Because usually that’s as close as she ever gets to seeing her. Don’t let life take away from your living. And don’t let convenience rob you of true human touch. #meditation #thoughts
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