Daily Prompt Flip Flop Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?
There are few things about which I haven’t changed my mind. What do we ever really know? Many things about which I was absolutely certain turned out to be mistakes or conditions changed making them unlikely, unfeasible, absurd.
I never thought I’d quit teaching, but here I am never wanting to stand in front of a classroom again. I thought I’d always be hiking, but right now I’m just trying to figure out how I can get on some trail somewhere and enjoy it. I thought trekking poles were a stupid affectation and I just spent $100 for a pair. I’m divorced, so there went “As long as we both shall live.” I thought going to Europe was stupid because it was too much like America. Then I went and saw that Europe was what I was looking for. Europe was waiting for me. It had an enormous gift to give me, but I had to get there. (And it’s not like America.) When I was in China, I thought Chinese students would never be allowed to study in the US, but before I retired I got to teach dozens of Chinese students. It seemed like a miracle to me; they couldn’t understand why.
Why the change(s)? The world changes, I change, everything. Time wounds all heels or whatever. Now I just try to keep my mouth shut when I feel a strong and absolute opinion coming on (I don’t always succeed) because I KNOW the very next thing that will happen is I will be proved wrong. Even that statement is a little dangerous.