Carl Jung

Parents have lived lives prior to the arrival of their children. Those lives, like all lives, are filled with disappointment, failure, pain, confusion, and challenges. By the time the little ones come along, a parent is carrying a lot of baggage. They then set about guiding their child, in the best way they know how. Some may be good at it, some may be horrible at it, most are somewhere in between, but all are bound by the constraints of their own personal experience. They have no choice but to guide based on what they have known, or more to the point, what they think they know. They are going to direct a child to not make the same mistakes they feel they made. They are going to convey priorities that they feel either worked for them, or feel would have worked if they would have had them. The problem is, the child is not them. The child’s life is not theirs. The child’s true path, is not their path, but the child is burdened with it. The child sets out on life’s journey with someone else’s compass, and someone else’s map.

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    1. Not just the hell, the fucking god damn hell. That sounds about right. We worship before the alter of our parents as they are our original gods. They must be infallible, and by the time we learn otherwise…we’re so deep in our journey that it annoys the fucking god damn hell out of us.

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      1. One of the truths that has had me so rgslinzkeaFf is that one particular person in my life was likely doing the best ‘she’ could, the best way she knew. We can judge people by our own good, bad, truths, principles and realities but really, it makes no difference. We all do the best we’re capable of until we’re capable of something better.

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      2. Amen sister golden hair… I agree, no one gets up in the morning and says “today I shall be mediocre” we all do the best we can… Alas, we still cause pain and that pain resonates forever sometimes.

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      3. Maybe…maybe they do, but I think not. That doesn’t stop them from being so…from hurting others… and it doesn’t stop the hurt from remembering it. Also, you made me laugh.

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