I think we all, if not openly then mentally judge others in one way or another. I can think of all the ways, through out my life that I have been judgmental Let me see, overweight people were a target-until I became one! I can remember being in my twenties and not understanding how anyone could be heavy! Why would anyone eat so much? What is wrong with people who don't care if they are fat (yes, I used the awful "f" word)? I would comment on too tight clothing, notice when I ate with a co-worker who should have been eating less and in general was unkind when it came to the overweight. However, what goes around comes around and I have struggled with my weight for going on 25 years! I get it right for a while, and then backslide. So, Karma, has literally kicked my butt (or blown it up to a huge size). Next target-Tattoos-still not my favorite thing, but learning to be less judgmental of body art. I would look at young people with tattoos and say, "I wonder why anyone would do that to themselves". I would be thankful my kids didn't want to draw pictures and write words permanently on their bodies. I would distance myself from people wearing tattoos-no tatted friends for me! UNTIL, I found out many of my friends had tattoos-you just don't see them until summer! Many of my friends are younger than I am and this is more common than when I was growing up. Then, tattoos were found on a lot on people who had too much to drink and thought it would be a really good idea to have their names tattooed on each other (not so much, when you break up!), and my impression (true or not) was they mostly resided on Hell's Angels! So, other people's children got tattoos; mine didn't...right? NO! My older daughter has three-one is huge! Luckily, only one little one is slightly visible on a daily basis. My younger daughter has one small one that doesn't show unless she is in a bathing suit. The one Sunni has is shared by Angie and they tell me the three stars are for my two daughters and I. They thought I might get this tattoo on my lower abdomen, too. I have come a long way as far as tattoo acceptance, but I don't like pain and the stars would certainly be falling stars at my age. I am just going to mention one more of my targets-plastic surgery. Since I was young, I would say "why don't people grow old gracefully, why change your appearance". I have seen some really bad surgeries-people who resemble the Joker from Batman; smiles that never move; eyes like those of the monster in an old time movie and more. However, I have also said lately, "why does so and so look so much better than she has in the last ten years", and "my, I can't believe she is 68 and looks 50", so... Maybe, plastic surgery can be a good thing (and at my age, I am mulling this over). So, while I have matured, struggled with things I previously judged others on, and in general learned a lot of things about myself and others along the way; I guess the most important thing I have learned is tolerance. Everyone is different, we all have our own struggles, our children, no matter how we raise them will make mistakes and express themselves in their own ways. So, my message from someone who has been there and done that-show tolerance! Know we are all a little different and that actually makes the world a little more interesting. I have come along way in my thinking on things in the last twenty or so years-while I do hate aging (and I really do!!) it has made me a better person and taught me to be less judgmental and kinder. Hopefully, this will aid others in being the same way towards me. Have a wonderful New Year and get ready to make those resolutions-hope I keep mine! As always, excuse the typos, grammar, errors, etc-this new computer is great, but still learning windows 8!