When Max and his friend Jonas were around 20 and living in New York, they made a bet on who could go longer with shaving only one side of his face.
As you see, they committed fully to their bet. In the end, they decided to call it a draw, since neither of them would ever give in.
I’d like to say that Max got his stubbornness from me, but his dad is still the most stubborn person I’ve ever known. Once, he sat for hours in his car, on a scorching summer afternoon, trying to prevent another driver from pulling into a parking place that he thought was rightfully his. Max and I went into a cafe to wait it out. I explained that Daddy was playing a game. I assured him, sadly, that Daddy would win.
In my own life, being stubborn has been a quality I considered an asset, or at least a strength. No one can fuck with me and get away with it. I will never back down. I will never compromise my “honor.”
Lately, more than one friend has urged me to let something go….and I find it’s an alien concept.
When do you decide to “let something go?” Are there some things you refuse to “let go,” even if it would make life easier?