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I think there is some kind of
Generational difference
In how we perceive ourselves.
People my age,
Born in the 50's and early 60's
Seem to say of themselves,
"I'm afraid to know
Who I really am."
"This is who I am,
If that's ok with you."
People born a little later
In the late 60's and early 70's
Seem to take a more aggresive stand:
"This is who I am
If that's a problem for you,
Or sometimes the passive aggressive,
But people now in their 20's
Seem to have achieved a balance:
"This is who I am,"
Is what they say.
Nothing to prove
Or defend against.
Self awareness without friction,
Or wasted effort.
It's an inspiring example
For the older
By the younger.

25 December 2001

by Bill Cattey