Sometimes I miss the me I used to be what seems like a long time ago, half a lifetime ago. I miss the me before I stopped enjoying the fellowship of the moment and started analyzing and looking at motives. I miss the me who just trusted people, the me who knew all were sinners and not inherently good and still just blindly assumed that of course they would do the right thing!
Is it me I miss or my glorious, blind ignorance? Hard to tell.
What happened to that me? Well, it's hard to determine cause or effect, but the me now hasn't the energy to invest in other people that the me then did. Too many harsh looks at reality, mixed motives, lust/love/romance, and all that crap. Too many revelations. Too many regrets. Too many betrayals, melodramatic as that sounds. Too many people who want what I can't give, making me pull back until there isn't much to give, and no inclination to, and I like it that way, thank you very much.
But I still miss that old me sometimes. She was kind of dumb and too honest, but, I hate to say it, for all that, her purity (again with the blindness) leaves me nostalgic. All traces of that purity feel burned out of me now, but I still have my memories.
I remember what it was like to have friendships I took simple joy in, before romantic notions got in the way and made me question my own motives in continuing said friendships when I was never going to provide what they craved. I hate this new knowledge of good and evil. I'd like to put that fruit back on the tree, thank you very much, and selfishly enjoy being with people I enjoy being with even if I don't want to ever marry or have sex with them, even if that's the only reason they hang around (hope springing eternal in areas with very low ceilings). I want to go back to that world where people are friends because they enjoy being with each other, and that's that.
Maybe that world never, ever existed in reality, but it did in my head, and I liked being in my head then and there. It was so much easier.
Are there any parts of you that you miss from long ago?