Eventually, we have to stop letting people make our choices for us. Instead of Mom's decision to wear the red plaid on the first day of school, we can slip into the soft faded jeans and bulky shirt. When offered a healthy meal, it's okay to turn up your nose in favor of a frito pie and super-sized coke. It's okay to make strange and unusual choices because we're living out our own strange and unusual lives.

But when you go too long letting others mold your life, the first step toward individuality and independency becomes much like the first step of a toddler.

Wobbly, uncertain, and a whole lot of wailing at the end.

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