I just got back from a trip to my hometown for a high school reunion. Total time-machine (minus the hot tub); seeing and talking to people who, in some cases, I haven’t laid eyes on for several decades. The after-party (as it were) went into the wee hours of the morning as I sat around and chatted with a bunch of people who were first my friends well before puberty.
It was fun, interesting and a bit sad all at the same time. So much time has passed and I had momentary visions of my old age/mortality. In these intervening years between HS graduation and NOW we’ve grown into adulthood, fallen in love and lost people we love. Did the lessons we learned back in the day (literally), and the lives we led, set us on the path to the choices we’ve made throughout our lives? How much of what we absorbed on the grade school playground or in 8th grade gym class continues to rule our actions as we move into middle age?
As adults we spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about changing our behavior. For many who linger on blogs such as this one focused on HR and related issues, there’s specifically an interest in our behavior at work – influence, leadership, management and all the things that keep industry humming and the world of commerce moving.
But what about the ‘pieces’ of us that grew out of our childhood? I’m quite certain that these things continue to shape our destiny. And may be the hardest of all to change.