moving past first impressions

“People tell us who they are but we ignore it; because we want them to be who we want them to be.” – Don Draper on Mad Men

And people say you don’t learn anything by watching tv.

For any of us who have ever summed up a person before getting to know them. For any of us who never stopped listening to someone only because we never started. For any of us who pretend to listen but are really only waiting for our turn to talk. We’re assholes.

Everyone has a story; no one is one-dimensional. We choose who we want to align ourselves with in life, but if we don’t give people a chance, how do we know we’re picking the right people?

I was telling my mom the other day that I was giving someone I judged too quickly a chance at last. Something I should have done long ago. What people often don’t realize about me I often glaze over about them: that there’s more there than meets the eye. Who am I to judge a person’s character? The only power I have is how I choose to react.

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