Halfway through your life (am I halfway through my life?), you will have a conversation like this. It will make you think back and look forward at the same time. It will make you question who you are as a human being and who you will be in twenty years as easily as you question who you were twenty years ago.
It won’t happen overnight or over drinks or over IT.
It will happen naturally, intrinsically, like learning a language as if it’s your first, not the one where conjugations rule all and subjunctive tenses make you question yourself.
And you will look into the eyes of the person you knew twenty years back, who saw you for that young and pretty thing who could care for her children and see a new way of looking at yourself.
It could last four hours and feel like four minutes.
This life. This talk. These words.
Oh how amazing they are.
With a few syllables, you could blow minds or shatter dreams.
You could be the real you, sitting at a table in a restaurant in the only real home you’ve ever known and ignoring the blurred background of life because this is life, and just be. You.
And it could be honest and tear-jerking and laugh-inducing and nostalgic and hopeful and hopeless all within the same five breaths.
And it could have taken half of your adult life to have this talk, though you are still an adult, and have half a life to go.
And it could have halved you.
Or had you.
But that is the mystery, I suppose.
Whether you are had.