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What a beautiful and "teachable" spirit is the author of this essay. The hardest thing is to change, people around us, even family, do not like the out of balance it gives them for us to change. I commend you for being open and able to see what your own life was trying to teach you.

I am much older, and I have observed that those who refuse to have empathy seem to find themselves living a life of emersion in that which they were unable to understand. If that's what it takes to finally appreciate the path of another and withhold judgement, then so be it. May love continue to light your way like a shining star.