A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

I have an inkling that I answered this a while back, but I can't for the life of me remember what I had written. Anyway, this just means that I can approach this with a clean slate. I don't know if I agree with the idea that "I am the average of the five people that I spend the most time with", my reason is that as a grown woman, my temperament and personality have been formed for quite while, I do acknowledge that people still grow, but I don't know just how much changing goes on. I will acknowledge that I have tempered myself in accordance with my proximity to others in my constant universe.

Being married to my hubby for almost 23 years, I am no longer the young whippersnapper that I was all those years ago, I have mellowed, I have learned to listen first before immediately opening my mouth, I have also learned to take deep breaths and remember that it is always darkest before the dawn, it is usually never as bad as you might think, and perhaps the most important thing that I have learned: and this too shall pass. I can't say that five people in my immediate world had all contributed to what I have learned, I say this only because aside from my hubby, the others didn't quite approach life in the way that I would want to, they tend to be quick to judge, a little controlling and judgmental, aspects that I wouldn't want to emulate.

I would like to think that I had more to do with the person that I have become than just being formed and influenced, that I noticed things that I liked about myself and things that I felt needed to change, I changed in ways that I thought best. I know that this must seem rather ego-centric, but just because a writer makes a statement doesn't necessarily mean that it is correct or right.

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