How they see you


Did this guy always have a beard? A hat?

Creative Commons License photo credit: xavi talleda

Isn’t it strange how people see you?

For example, I currently weigh about ten pounds less than I did a couple of months ago, but about fifteen pounds more than I did ten years ago.

If I sat in a room with two people from different times in my life, one of them would be thinking how puffy I look and the other might be thinking how good I look. (“Good” being a relative term, of course.)

By the way, the guy in the picture above isn’t me. I don’t know who that is. It’s a random pic I found on the Web with a Creative Commons license, so I used it.

When you meet a person with a beard, you just think of that person as having a beard. It doesn’t matter that he just grew it a month ago and never had a beard for the first 45 years of his life. To you, the guy is a beard guy. To his friends, he’s a clean-shaven guy who’s wearing a beard now for some reason.

What is this all leading up to, you ask? What’s the larger point I’m trying to make?

You must be new to this blog. There’s no larger point.

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