You may not know this about me but I had two sets of parents growing up: my real parents who were young, fun and awesome and an imaginary second set who slept in twin beds and did not grow pot in the front or back yard. My imaginary parents were the calming fictitious voice of reason in a hilariously fun world of drinking and instability and I loved them for it. However, as I’ve gotten older things have faded in to memory to the point where I sometimes forget what my real parents did and what was a product of my imagination creating a stable living situation.
For example, in my head I have two pieces of advice for overcoming adversity and I can’t remember which one I’m supposed to follow:
One set of parents told me:
“If you get knocked down you get up and try harder”
While another one said:
“If you get knocked down, get up and make someone pay”
If I could remember which was said to me and which I imagined I’d know if I’m supposed to quietly go about my business or be angry. Knowing what to do would be helpful because I’m feeling like I’ve been knocked down; I’ve gotten up but I’m not sure what to do next.