The People We Used to Be

I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4am of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.

~Joan Didion in “On Keeping a Notebook”


2 thoughts on “The People We Used to Be

  1. LOVE this quote! Reminds to remember that I was once a petulant, pissy 15 year old who thought she knew it all. Makes it much easier to keep smiling in my classroom in the face of petulant 15 year olds:)

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