We’ve all felt the pressure to maintain our reputation. Maybe it’s the reputation of making straight A’s. Maybe it’s to be the best on your sport’s team or to make everyone laugh in class. As our lives progress and we interact with others, we build reputations around ourselves, and these reputations create expectations for who we have been and who we are going to be.
Imagine a gumball machine filled to the brim with colorful candy. With just a bit of pocket change, you can fill up on vibrantly colored candy, but with time, the gumball machine empties out and the gum loses its flavor. Upon first glance, that machine may have looked completely full, but really it had many empty spaces and was easily poured out.