As we learn to make our individual way in this world, we tend to harden ourselves, forgetting for a time who we really are.
As we age, life cracks and finally destroys this armoring. We invariably lose everything we've "gained" - even the people we've loved - leaving only our original authentic nature.
"It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless." L.R. Knost