Open-Mindedness Opens Our World to How Others View Their World

Marsha Maung
7 min readDec 19, 2021

When you’re young, you think you’re invincible.

This had led many of us to pursue things that we would prefer not to look back on by the time we reach out the mid-thirties or, better yet, when there are more wrinkles on our faces, our knees are creaking, our bodies are more capable of sleep and sedentary lifestyle than before.

Swept Up By Media and Unrealistic Ideals

Case in point:

When I was younger, my sole mission was to conquer the world with such a vengeance that the word ‘fear’ or ‘failure’ was subconsciously eradicated from my mind. Nothing, except bugs, insects, spiders, and maybe heights, was out of bounds.

I may have to add that that the bravado led me into some funky swamps and sinking sands. But still…I am, thankfully, still here. It’s amazing.

Now that I am older (and I hope to God, wiser), things have changed so dramatically I sometimes don’t recognize myself.

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I didn’t really think becoming a mom was even a remote possibility. I loved children (babies, especially 😍) but it wasn’t something I yearned for.

I was more of a swooner of movie stars and pop singers (read: NKOTB and Back Street Boys) and sought out these people in real life. LOL. #OMG #hopeless #puberty

Pain wasn’t something I shied away from either. I was pompously confident that it wasn’t going to affect how I was going to bulldoze through things so that I can get to where I wanted to be.

And like many young women, I was ready to risk it all, sacrifice my everything, for the man who is going to spend the rest of his life with me. Hollywood had me dreaming of a Knight in Shining Armor sweeping off my feet, kneeling in front of me with a ring in his hand, and promising to love me like nothing else for the rest of his life.

You know the movie Jerry McGuire? To this very day, I have no inking as to why Jerry McGuire was attractive at all. He was an asshole. 😂

“You complete me! YOU….COMPLETE ME!” he insisted as he pursued the love he almost lost. Ppppfttt…🤦

Marsha Maung

Professional copywriter. Online Social Marketing consultant. Lover of books and stories. Blogger and yoga lover