Absolutely. We’re by no means well-off now, but even when we have a little extra spending money, I still budget as though we could be broke again tomorrow. (Because really, you never know.) Grocery shopping is definitely where this habit is most apparent. I still freak out a little when we splurge on a nice dinner.
Right!? My friends and family are constantly blown away by how much Zach and I know about each other. (Not just the big important stuff but the “trivial” things, too.) It’s definitely because we spent those four years’ worth of evenings talking to each other instead of watching TV.
This is the some of the best advice for writers I’ve read. It’s not only a spot-on aid for parents hoping to encourage their kids, but also a good reminder for the rest of us who’ve already been on the journey for awhile. It’s easy to get lost in the trees and forget that loneliness, unpopular truth-telling, distraction, and being happy but not too happy are all par for the long, winding course.