Sometimes in life we spend so much time being ourselves that we get impatient waiting for someone else to be like us. The reason we always feel we “need” certain things in a relationship always comes from inside us. We are the ones that say what we want, and when we don’t get what we want — well that’s when the punishment begins. That punishment is in all forms because so many suffer when we are off balance. I’ve definitely punished people in my life because they weren’t giving me what I wanted. I’m a jackass for that, and now I suffer my own punishment sometimes because I relive that jackassedness in my head. It’s a passing thing usually. I get over it. But then I use that as a reminder that not everyone can be like me. If I want happiness I am the only entity that can create that. I change what I want because waiting for someone else to match what I want gets me less of what I want. And so I roll…

– Joe Tesoro, Jr., 2009