Hath there been such a time – I would fain know that – That I have positively said “Tis so” When it proved otherwise?

Hath there been such a time – I would fain know that –
That I have positively said “Tis so”
When it proved otherwise?

This is a question I would never ask.

Even if I were convinced I’d never been wrong about something in my life, I wouldn’t have the gall to say so.
I know Polonius is not a young man but he has a young man’s confidence. It is a confidence I envy, I confess. To be so sure of your own greatness when all of reality is pointing elsewhere is a great gift of blindness. To categorically believe you are never wrong, that you never make mistakes, that all your choices are brilliant will get a young man very far in this world. Or a young woman, too, might get far on this same formula. However, I have never met a woman a woman with this particularly fortunate pair of blinders. We are conditioned to question our motives, our decisions, to examine our desires, to acknowledge defeat quickly and to see the multitude of the error of our ways.
I would not wish away this sight but if I had a magic wand, I might augment it with a huge dose of not giving a shit about what anyone thinks of that stuff and proceeding anyway – fiercely, like a snow plow, not caring what ends up at the side of the road.

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