Like statues, people only see what is visible to them when they see us. We all have deeper parts that likely will never be seen by others, so what we choose to show them, like the surface of a statue, is what they see. But as they look at us, they see the corrosion that we bring about by our own actions
A friend pointed out that some people turn bitter and hard when they suffer as I did, and others turn soft like me. She asked the difference, and I must admit; I don’t understand what the difference is. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe I’m just a wimp.
I paid my price; walked out on my well paying and guaranteed job in part because of her jealousy (although there were other reasons, so I may have left anyway), lost my life savings and retirement, and ended up having a heart attack, lonely and alone. I definitely paid the price. Technically, I didn't do anything wrong, but I did walk in the shadows.