It's surprisingly hard to remember that, to remember exactly what my flaws were back then. They were different, I think -- I have new and exciting flaws now. It might be easiest to e-mail my exes from that era and ask them what they found most irritating about me. But I'm not sure my ego could take it. I'll just have to try harder to remember.
I'm pretty sure I wasn't nearly as empathic then -- at 23, I was much more self-centered -- towards my parents, the people I was dating, the world in general. News reports about children in danger didn't bring me to tears. At 23, the brain is still maturing, the psyche still focused inwards. Although also less introspective overall, more impulsive. I'm generalizing, I know. There are thoughtful and incredibly empathetic 23-year-olds. But generally speaking