Self Realization...

...I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said, "I drank what?"

My family was recently profiled in a local magazine and the day it came out Adela pulled it out during the newscast and I sheepishly reacted to it.  In the break she asked me if I was really embarrassed I was in the magazine and I said no.  But it got me wondering why I did have an ambiguous feeling about it.  I finally realized it's because it bothers me a little to be portrayed as this perfect person when I'm far from it.  I have faults as a husband, as a father, as a friend and as a co-worker that are always left out of articles like that.  I'm very proud of what I have, don't get me wrong.  But nobody is perfect, least of all me.  I've made a lot of decisions in my life I wish I could take back, and hurt people I wish I hadn't.  I like to think I'm a nice guy, but as soon as you annoint yourself as "That Guy" then things can really slip away.  One thing was left out of the article that may have helped in that regard.  When Julie was asked, "What's one thing people don't know about Jason?"  Her answer was dead on.  "He can be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."  I don't go on benders or beat my kids or anything like that, but you get the idea.  We're all human and we all make mistakes.  Here's to all of us working on being better people.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to lead the newsroom in a rousing rendition of "Kumbaya."

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