After living close to half a decade on this planet, I am actually understanding how self image and perceptions differ NOW! Just this morning, I realised that there is a huge disparity between who I think I am and how others (even close friends) see me! It kinda jolts you out of your skin, when you become aware of the fact that those who you think are close to you, don’t really get what you say! Wait till you hear this! I thought I had cracked a funny one while my friend, a long lasting one at that, thought I was being sarcastic. But she doesn’t tell me it hurt her. She just turns cold and distant. After prodding and probing she says that my comments are always loaded! Loaded! Laced! Me! Never thought I could ever say a thing hurtful or snide! But then, that’s life! What we think we are and what we are perceived may not be remotely connected! And yes, the number of years we spend with people has nothing to do with how well you’re understood. Another lesson learnt. Life’s amazing. It keeps giving us a million chances to become aware of ourselves!