When I was a kid, I was convinced that I could easily persuade people. So much so that I declared that I was going to become a lawyer. My fascination with articulate communication was triggered early.
Like most skills, I believed that I would be getting better with time and practice.
But lately, I have started to question my ability to persuade. More than my persuasion, I think it is my patience that seems to be getting shorter than before. The urge to break things down and hunt for a good example to make my point is reducing.
For instance - when the topic of free or better healthcare is brought up, I find myself wondering, should I bother to make my point? Does this human being really not understand how vital healthcare is? That thought makes me refrain from trying to persuade.
Or maybe I am just noticing that the circle or age group of people I am around - is of people who are as passionate and stubborn as I am.
It is just getting harder for me to be able to convince people to change their mind about anything.
Or maybe it is me. I am getting rigid too.