I went out to dinner with a couple of friends the other night. These were girls I had gone to high school with; we had a great time reminiscing and talking about the "good old days." One of my friends had been working in Iraq for several years and we were just glad to have her back in the states now. Our dinner was to celebrate her relocating with her new husband to the other side of the country. While we were sad to see her leave once more, we were glad she was not boarding a flight to the Middle East.
We stopped by a local hangout to just sit and chit-chat before our night ended. We talked about everything from the boys we knew in junior high to trying to manage our own college-aged children. While we were discussing, a "loud-mouth" one table over interrupted our conversation claiming to know more about what we were talking about than we. It turns out, he was one of the guys we knew from our younger years. But he hadn't changed. He was still obnoxious and obviously still loud.
He told half-truths and blatant lies for about thirty more minutes before we decided to call it a night. He was as we had remembered and we were disappointed. Some of us have grown up, others never will. Why is it that many stay trapped in the way they are comfortable and never expand or grow? Blustering, lying, smirking, berating, and general know-it-all attitude can spoil anyone. Here's my twist: How many of us look good on paper? It will get you in the door, but not your name on it.