“They think you are stuck up.”The words of a friend cut through me like a searing knife.
“They said you snubbed them when you walked by.”
She was talking about a group of girls from the opposing team we were playing at a high school basketball game in 1976. I walked by the group en route to the concession stand. The thing was—I didn’t snub them. I was actually completely intimidated by them, so I kept my eyes on the path directly in front of me, trying my best not to trip over my fear.
Our perceptions of others, we learn, are not always reality. Perceptions can be biased, often skewed by factors such as our background, culture, past experiences, misinformation, attitudes and even emotions, and are often the very reflection of our own messed-up selves.
"We see the world, not as it is, but as we are." -- Talmud