Candy Coating Conformity

“One of the greatest glories of growing older is the willingness to ask why and, getting no good answer, deciding to follow my own inclinations and desires. Asking why is the way to wisdom. Why are we supposed to want possessions we don’t need and work that seems beside the point and tight shoes and a fake tan? Why are we supposed to think new is better than old, youth and vigor better than long life and experience? Why are we supposed to turn our backs on those who have preceded us and to snipe at those who come after? When we were small children we asked ‘Why?’ constantly. Asking the question now is more a matter of testing the limits of what sometimes seems a narrow world. One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating conformity.” ― Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

I love this quote. I’m so glad I learned so early on to not invest in material items but to invest in my soul. I credit this realization to being a large part of getting me where I am today. It truly is at the center of who I strive to be – I focus on who I am and how I can impact rather than what I have. I could be stripped of everything and still know that I could do good in the world. I don’t know what led to me fully internalizing this lesson but, today, I am thankful for it.

Character > Resume.


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