Your story is a strong parallel to my own and we’ve both arrived at the same understanding. Unfortunately, I was a slow learner and it took a lot longer.
This story is a lesson that sadly most peole must learn first-hand, passing through the ’school of hard knocks.’ Many never learn it or learn it too late, leaving a lot of damages in their wakes.
Your article offers people a terrific lesson and it would be marvelous if they could learn from what you have written. Realistically, though, living life is the only real teacher that can deliver this curriculum.
It is good to have learned the lesson while you are young and while you can apply what you have learned to how you guide your children through their time of growing up.
The true test of all learning rests in how well you apply what you have learned to your life.