Zigged When You Should Have Zagged
Encarta defines "perception" as:
any neurological process of acquiring and mentally interpreting information from the senses
It also defines "interpretation" as:
to ascribe a particular meaning or significance to something
Both of these words are highly personal to each and every one of us. For example, you and I can read the exact same passage in a book, yet it is possible that we both can walk away from it with two completely different meanings.
The truth in life is that not everyone will be able to understand the depths of our own individual psyches. In relationships, the best we can hope for is a commonality of thoughts...of some shared ideals. Someone who gets a little bit of what we're all about because they too perceive things --and feel things -- in the same way. The know what makes us tick, and they have a certain amount of comprehension of our hopes, fears, goals and dreams.
But when one person is either incapable, or worse, unwilling to attempt to view the world through the other's eyes, the situation inevitably becomes impossible. And when they interpret your words and actions, or lack there of, as contrary to their own, it doesn't matter how much you WANT to be with them or even how much you care about them. Guilt and resentment will find a way to rear their ugly heads, and there's no coming back from that.
I think we owe it to ourselves to find that person who not only wants to know the deepest part of us, but also desires to understand us. Only then can we be truly happy.
Sorry, all, but I had to get that off my chest. More posts about stripper shoes, crack whores and nose-pickers to follow.