Growing up pains

As a child, one tends to think of everyone elder to us a grown-up: someone who will know how to deal with the vagaries of life, can protect us and know the solution to most problems. And our parents are the most grown-up people we know of.

And yet, it is also true that we are all in a state of constant change. So it’s not just us who are evolving but also our parents.

It takes years to realise that they didn’t know any better and did not deliberately set out to traumatise us. That they don’t have all the answers, no one does. That they were growing up along with us, learning from our collective mistakes.

If you are lucky, by the next generation they have a few more answers and a little bit more of maturity.

In the end, we are all in the same boat, trying to sail in the dark, in choppy waters, uncertain where the wind will take us.

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