Life could be easier, much easier, if we only knew then what we know now (variable factor being the point in time). Anyway if only we could experience an epiphany before zero hour of our naivety, just before we blow the moment and want to seek refuge in a grocer’s freezer–or worse.
“…How was it that one moment you could look so good and the next you would give almost anything to crawl into your grocer’s freezer, settling beneath the pot pies until you reached that mysterious age at which a person could truly think for himself. It would be so peaceful, more drowsing than actual sleeping. Every so often you’d come to and notice that the styles had changed…You would look at the world as if through the window of a bus, hopping out at that moment of time you instinctively recognized as your own…You could look and act however you wanted…On leaving you’d pass a woman dressed in a floor-length skirt…A beaded headband, delicate wire-rimmed glasses: shed ask you for a quarter, and you’d laugh, not cruelly, but politely, softly as if she were telling a joke you had already heard.” This excerpt is part of an autobiographical story by David Sedaris, The Change in Me (from Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim). In other words, if you only knew then what you know now.