What is that one thing that changed your personality?
获得26.8k好评的回答@C. L. Hesterman：
At ten years old, I was falsely accused by a teacher of leaving a jump rope on the play ground. She assigned me the outrageous
punishment of writing 5000 sentences. I refused.
She sent me to the principal’s office. He used a wooden paddle and beat my buttocks and back of legs 10 times.
I’ll never forget the smile on his face as he told me to bend over.
I’ll never forget the agony of not being able to sit down.
I’ll never forget the look on my mom’s face when she saw my naked butt on the way to the shower; black and blue from the butt to the back of the knee.
She left it to my dad to deal with who only stated that I needed to learn how to avoid trouble.
I went from a happy school boy to an absolute terror.
I learned to evade teachers and anyone else in authority.
I played pranks on teachers, let the air out of teachers' car tires, etc.
On days when I knew I would be caught, I wore two pairs of pants and as much underwear as possible.
I would fake the cry when paddled then give my school mates a smirk as I came out of the office.
This was at a religious school. The paddling woke me to the fact that these religious authority figures were tyrants. I became an agnostic.
I didn’t learn to be care-free and happy again until I had children of my own. They taught me how to laugh again.
I was extremely shy most of my early years. I wouldn’t even look up most of the time. Eye contact was extremely difficult.
When I was 16 my sister and I were cruisin’ Nevada Avenue, she forced me to talk to the guys in the cars next to me by telling me that if I didn’t talk to them, she was going to yell “she loves you!” I didn’t believe her, but then she did it!
I was mortified! Yikes!
So then the next time she said, talk to him or else, I did!
I just said “hi” and they were friendly and said “hi” back. From then on it was easy!
So then it went from just cruisin’ to me saying hi at school. Then I got brave at work.
From then on, I could look people in the eye and speak to them.
Now, I’m not afraid of people’s opinion of me at all.
I just love being friendly!