THEN WOMEN WERE MY COMPETITION
As one of the minority of women in the workforce, I felt I needed to rise above all other women in my office to rise through the ranks.
NOW Today I disdain women who view other women as competition. I’ve learned that smart, passionate women who band together for a common cause are the absolute best!
THEN I DRANK LIKE A FISH!
I especially loved vodka martinis at lunch, and then returned to work!
NOW I haven’t imbibed liquor or wine, at any hour of the day, in about eight years.
THEN I ARGUED WITH MY PARENTS
I didn’t think my mother and father understood me; it upset me that they didn’t celebrate when my first book was published, or when I gave birth to my first child, and they didn’t appreciate my successes at work, or even understand what I did for a living;. I was angry that they thought one of my sisters was smarter and more successful, because she graduated from a fancy Ivy League college and had a PhD.
NOW If only my parents were here today to see that I actually have grown up, and to hear that I appreciated everything they did for me, and that I understand that they loved me, even if I only got a BA from NYU.