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People who become distant from others as they get older usually display these 10 behaviors

 by Global Englishing Editing, Lachlan Brown |May 5, 2024, 10:47 am

As we age, it’s not uncommon for some of us to pull away from our social circles.

This shift is not always intentional or negative, but it often signals certain behavioral changes.

These behaviors can be subtle, creeping up on us as the years go by, making us gradually distant from others.

While some might argue this is simply a part of growing older, identifying these behaviors can help us understand and manage our changing relationships.

Below, I’ve listed the ten behaviors that people often display as they become more distant with age.

After all, knowledge is power, and being aware of these behaviors might help us navigate the twists and turns of our social lives as we grow older.

1) They value quality over quantity in their relationships

As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Often, it’s a conscious decision – a shift from quantity to quality. Instead of wanting to know everyone, we start to value deeper connections with a select few.

We start to prioritize the relationships that truly enrich our lives and let go of the ones that don’t. This might seem like pulling away or becoming distant, but it’s often just about seeking meaningful interactions.

This change can be subtle and gradual, and it’s not always a conscious process. But it’s a common behavior among those who seem to become more distant as they age.

Recognizing this can help us understand and respect an older person’s need for quality relationships. After all, we’re all on the same journey. We might just be at different stages.

2) They treasure solitude more than before

I’ve noticed this in my own life as I’ve gotten older. There was a time when I loved being the life of the party, always surrounded by people and thriving in the hustle and bustle.

But as I’ve aged, I’ve started to appreciate the peace and tranquility that solitude can bring. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy socializing, but I’ve come to value time spent alone, too.

Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, these moments of solitude have become precious to me.

This doesn’t mean I’m pushing people away or becoming antisocial. I’m just finding a new balance, where both social interactions and solitude have their own places.

This is a behavior I’ve noticed in many others as they age too. It’s not about becoming distant. It’s about cherishing the quiet moments in an increasingly noisy world.

3) They become more selective with their time

As we age, our perception of time shifts. A study from Stanford University found that as people get older, they tend to perceive time as more limited. This perception leads them to prioritize and spend their time differently.

Instead of trying to do everything, they become more selective. They might spend more time on hobbies they love, or with people they deeply care about.

This selectiveness can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a conscious choice to spend their finite time on what matters most to them. It’s about making the most out of each moment, rather than trying to fill every moment with activity.

4) They often embrace a slower pace of life

As the years go by, it’s not uncommon for people to slow down a bit. The constant rush and hustle of earlier years give way to a more relaxed, leisurely pace.

This doesn’t mean they’re becoming distant or disinterested. Rather, they’re choosing to take life at a more comfortable speed, savoring experiences instead of rushing through them.

They might prefer a quiet evening at home over a loud party, or a peaceful walk in the park over an adrenaline-filled adventure.

This shift doesn’t mean they’re withdrawing from life or people. It’s just a different way of experiencing and enjoying life’s journey.

5) They become more introspective

Getting older often brings a heightened sense of introspection. People tend to look inward, reflecting on their life, their choices, their achievements, and even their regrets.

This introspection can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a journey within, a process of self-understanding and self-discovery that often comes with age.

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They may spend more time alone, not because they’re isolating themselves, but because they’re delving deeper into their own thoughts and emotions.

This increased introspection doesn’t mean they’re disconnecting from the world around them. Instead, it’s about connecting more profoundly with their own inner selves.

6) They nurture a deeper appreciation for life

As people age, they often develop a deeper appreciation for life and its simple pleasures. They may come to realize that every moment is precious, and that life is too short for petty disagreements or grudges.

This profound appreciation can sometimes lead to a seeming distance from others. They may become less interested in superficial chatter or trivial matters, seeking more profound and meaningful interactions instead.

They might spend more time in nature, appreciating its beauty and grandeur, or they might cherish quiet moments of reflection and gratitude.

This isn’t about distancing themselves from others. It’s about embracing life fully, savoring each moment, and appreciating the world around them in a more profound way.

7) They start to confront their own mortality

Growing older means facing the reality of our own mortality. This can be a daunting, even scary prospect. I remember when I first really started to grapple with this idea. It changed my perspective on many things.

Facing one’s mortality can often result in a deeper introspection and a shift in priorities. Some people might pull away, not out of a desire to distance themselves, but as part of their own process of coming to terms with this reality.

This can lead to more time spent alone, quieter lifestyles, and less engagement in trivial matters. It’s not about pushing people away, but about finding peace and acceptance within oneself.

8) They find comfort in routine

While it may seem monotonous to some, many people find a certain comfort in routine as they age. The predictability of routine can provide a sense of security and stability.

This affinity for routine might lead them to decline spontaneous plans or activities outside their comfort zone, which can be misconstrued as an attempt to distance themselves.

However, it’s not about avoiding social interaction. Instead, it’s about creating an environment that feels safe and familiar. Embracing routine is just another way of managing the changes that come with aging and maintaining a sense of control over their lives.

9) They seek out meaningful conversations

A shift often happens as people age – they begin to favor deep, meaningful conversations over light-hearted banter or small talk.

They may wish to discuss life experiences, personal beliefs, dreams, and fears rather than who won the latest reality show or the trending fashion styles.

While this may give the impression of being aloof or distant, it’s actually a desire for more substantial and fulfilling interactions. They are not pushing people away; they’re inviting them into a more profound level of engagement.

This change is not about becoming distant but about seeking depth in their relationships and conversations.

10) They learn to embrace their own company

With age, people often become comfortable in their own company. They learn to appreciate the silence and find joy in their own thoughts and hobbies.

This self-contentment can be mistaken for aloofness or disinterest in others. But it’s not about pushing others away. It’s about finding peace and satisfaction within oneself.

Embracing one’s own company is a sign of self-growth and maturity. It’s about being at ease with oneself, and it’s a journey that each one of us embarks on as we age.

Final thoughts: It’s a natural progression

The evolution of human behavior as we age is deeply intertwined with our psychological and physiological changes.

One key factor is the concept of socioemotional selectivity theory. The theory, developed by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, suggests that as we perceive our time left in life as increasingly limited, we subconsciously prioritize emotionally meaningful experiences and relationships.

This can explain why many people seem to become more distant as they get older – they’re not pushing others away, but rather focusing on what’s truly important to them.

Whether it’s nurturing deeper relationships, embracing solitude, finding comfort in routine, or seeking meaningful conversations, these are all signs of a natural progression towards emotional maturity.

It’s not about distancing themselves from the world, but about creating a world that aligns with their evolved priorities and preferences.

As we navigate through our own journey of aging, understanding these behaviors can help us accept and appreciate the changes within ourselves and others. It’s a reminder that growing older isn’t about growing distant, but about growing deeper – deeper into our relationships, into our understanding of life, and most importantly, into ourselves.

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People who become distant from others as they get older usually display these 10 behaviors

 by Lachlan Brown |May 5, 2024, 10:47 am

As we age, it’s not uncommon for some of us to pull away from our social circles.

This shift is not always intentional or negative, but it often signals certain behavioral changes.

These behaviors can be subtle, creeping up on us as the years go by, making us gradually distant from others.

While some might argue this is simply a part of growing older, identifying these behaviors can help us understand and manage our changing relationships.

Below, I’ve listed the ten behaviors that people often display as they become more distant with age.

After all, knowledge is power, and being aware of these behaviors might help us navigate the twists and turns of our social lives as we grow older.

1) They value quality over quantity in their relationships

As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Often, it’s a conscious decision – a shift from quantity to quality. Instead of wanting to know everyone, we start to value deeper connections with a select few.

We start to prioritize the relationships that truly enrich our lives and let go of the ones that don’t. This might seem like pulling away or becoming distant, but it’s often just about seeking meaningful interactions.

This change can be subtle and gradual, and it’s not always a conscious process. But it’s a common behavior among those who seem to become more distant as they age.

Recognizing this can help us understand and respect an older person’s need for quality relationships. After all, we’re all on the same journey. We might just be at different stages.

2) They treasure solitude more than before

I’ve noticed this in my own life as I’ve gotten older. There was a time when I loved being the life of the party, always surrounded by people and thriving in the hustle and bustle.

But as I’ve aged, I’ve started to appreciate the peace and tranquility that solitude can bring. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy socializing, but I’ve come to value time spent alone, too.

Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, these moments of solitude have become precious to me.

This doesn’t mean I’m pushing people away or becoming antisocial. I’m just finding a new balance, where both social interactions and solitude have their own places.

This is a behavior I’ve noticed in many others as they age too. It’s not about becoming distant. It’s about cherishing the quiet moments in an increasingly noisy world.

3) They become more selective with their time

As we age, our perception of time shifts. A study from Stanford University found that as people get older, they tend to perceive time as more limited. This perception leads them to prioritize and spend their time differently.

Instead of trying to do everything, they become more selective. They might spend more time on hobbies they love, or with people they deeply care about.

This selectiveness can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a conscious choice to spend their finite time on what matters most to them. It’s about making the most out of each moment, rather than trying to fill every moment with activity.

4) They often embrace a slower pace of life

As the years go by, it’s not uncommon for people to slow down a bit. The constant rush and hustle of earlier years give way to a more relaxed, leisurely pace.

This doesn’t mean they’re becoming distant or disinterested. Rather, they’re choosing to take life at a more comfortable speed, savoring experiences instead of rushing through them.

They might prefer a quiet evening at home over a loud party, or a peaceful walk in the park over an adrenaline-filled adventure.

This shift doesn’t mean they’re withdrawing from life or people. It’s just a different way of experiencing and enjoying life’s journey.

5) They become more introspective

Getting older often brings a heightened sense of introspection. People tend to look inward, reflecting on their life, their choices, their achievements, and even their regrets.

This introspection can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a journey within, a process of self-understanding and self-discovery that often comes with age.

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They may spend more time alone, not because they’re isolating themselves, but because they’re delving deeper into their own thoughts and emotions.

This increased introspection doesn’t mean they’re disconnecting from the world around them. Instead, it’s about connecting more profoundly with their own inner selves.

6) They nurture a deeper appreciation for life

As people age, they often develop a deeper appreciation for life and its simple pleasures. They may come to realize that every moment is precious, and that life is too short for petty disagreements or grudges.

This profound appreciation can sometimes lead to a seeming distance from others. They may become less interested in superficial chatter or trivial matters, seeking more profound and meaningful interactions instead.

They might spend more time in nature, appreciating its beauty and grandeur, or they might cherish quiet moments of reflection and gratitude.

This isn’t about distancing themselves from others. It’s about embracing life fully, savoring each moment, and appreciating the world around them in a more profound way.

7) They start to confront their own mortality

Growing older means facing the reality of our own mortality. This can be a daunting, even scary prospect. I remember when I first really started to grapple with this idea. It changed my perspective on many things.

Facing one’s mortality can often result in a deeper introspection and a shift in priorities. Some people might pull away, not out of a desire to distance themselves, but as part of their own process of coming to terms with this reality.

This can lead to more time spent alone, quieter lifestyles, and less engagement in trivial matters. It’s not about pushing people away, but about finding peace and acceptance within oneself.

8) They find comfort in routine

While it may seem monotonous to some, many people find a certain comfort in routine as they age. The predictability of routine can provide a sense of security and stability.

This affinity for routine might lead them to decline spontaneous plans or activities outside their comfort zone, which can be misconstrued as an attempt to distance themselves.

However, it’s not about avoiding social interaction. Instead, it’s about creating an environment that feels safe and familiar. Embracing routine is just another way of managing the changes that come with aging and maintaining a sense of control over their lives.

9) They seek out meaningful conversations

A shift often happens as people age – they begin to favor deep, meaningful conversations over light-hearted banter or small talk.

They may wish to discuss life experiences, personal beliefs, dreams, and fears rather than who won the latest reality show or the trending fashion styles.

While this may give the impression of being aloof or distant, it’s actually a desire for more substantial and fulfilling interactions. They are not pushing people away; they’re inviting them into a more profound level of engagement.

This change is not about becoming distant but about seeking depth in their relationships and conversations.

10) They learn to embrace their own company

With age, people often become comfortable in their own company. They learn to appreciate the silence and find joy in their own thoughts and hobbies.

This self-contentment can be mistaken for aloofness or disinterest in others. But it’s not about pushing others away. It’s about finding peace and satisfaction within oneself.

Embracing one’s own company is a sign of self-growth and maturity. It’s about being at ease with oneself, and it’s a journey that each one of us embarks on as we age.

Final thoughts: It’s a natural progression

The evolution of human behavior as we age is deeply intertwined with our psychological and physiological changes.

One key factor is the concept of socioemotional selectivity theory. The theory, developed by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, suggests that as we perceive our time left in life as increasingly limited, we subconsciously prioritize emotionally meaningful experiences and relationships.

This can explain why many people seem to become more distant as they get older – they’re not pushing others away, but rather focusing on what’s truly important to them.

Whether it’s nurturing deeper relationships, embracing solitude, finding comfort in routine, or seeking meaningful conversations, these are all signs of a natural progression towards emotional maturity.

It’s not about distancing themselves from the world, but about creating a world that aligns with their evolved priorities and preferences.

As we navigate through our own journey of aging, understanding these behaviors can help us accept and appreciate the changes within ourselves and others. It’s a reminder that growing older isn’t about growing distant, but about growing deeper – deeper into our relationships, into our understanding of life, and most importantly, into ourselves.

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After all, knowledge is power, and being aware of these behaviors might help us navigate the twists and turns of our social lives as we grow older. 1) They value quality over quantity in their relationships As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Often, it’s a conscious decision – a shift from quantity to quality. Instead of wanting to know everyone, we start to value deeper connections with a select few. We start to prioritize the relationships that truly enrich our lives and let go of the ones that don’t. This might seem like pulling away or becoming distant, but it’s often just about seeking meaningful interactions. This change can be subtle and gradual, and it’s not always a conscious process. But it’s a common behavior among those who seem to become more distant as they age. Recognizing this can help us understand and respect an older person’s need for quality relationships. After all, we’re all on the same journey. We might just be at different stages. 2) They treasure solitude more than before I’ve noticed this in my own life as I’ve gotten older. There was a time when I loved being the life of the party, always surrounded by people and thriving in the hustle and bustle. But as I’ve aged, I’ve started to appreciate the peace and tranquility that solitude can bring. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy socializing, but I’ve come to value time spent alone, too. Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, these moments of solitude have become precious to me. This doesn’t mean I’m pushing people away or becoming antisocial. I’m just finding a new balance, where both social interactions and solitude have their own places. This is a behavior I’ve noticed in many others as they age too. It’s not about becoming distant. It’s about cherishing the quiet moments in an increasingly noisy world. 3) They become more selective with their time As we age, our perception of time shifts. A study from Stanford University found that as people get older, they tend to perceive time as more limited. This perception leads them to prioritize and spend their time differently. Instead of trying to do everything, they become more selective. They might spend more time on hobbies they love, or with people they deeply care about. This selectiveness can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a conscious choice to spend their finite time on what matters most to them. It’s about making the most out of each moment, rather than trying to fill every moment with activity. 4) They often embrace a slower pace of life As the years go by, it’s not uncommon for people to slow down a bit. The constant rush and hustle of earlier years give way to a more relaxed, leisurely pace. This doesn’t mean they’re becoming distant or disinterested. Rather, they’re choosing to take life at a more comfortable speed, savoring experiences instead of rushing through them. They might prefer a quiet evening at home over a loud party, or a peaceful walk in the park over an adrenaline-filled adventure. This shift doesn’t mean they’re withdrawing from life or people. It’s just a different way of experiencing and enjoying life’s journey. 5) They become more introspective Getting older often brings a heightened sense of introspection. People tend to look inward, reflecting on their life, their choices, their achievements, and even their regrets. This introspection can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a journey within, a process of self-understanding and self-discovery that often comes with age. Related Stories from Global English Editing Men who are secretly unhappy with how their life turned out usually display these 8 subtle behaviors 7 situations in life where you should just walk away, according to psychologists 7 phrases that can make or break your child’s confidence, according to psychology They may spend more time alone, not because they’re isolating themselves, but because they’re delving deeper into their own thoughts and emotions. This increased introspection doesn’t mean they’re disconnecting from the world around them. Instead, it’s about connecting more profoundly with their own inner selves. 6) They nurture a deeper appreciation for life As people age, they often develop a deeper appreciation for life and its simple pleasures. They may come to realize that every moment is precious, and that life is too short for petty disagreements or grudges. This profound appreciation can sometimes lead to a seeming distance from others. They may become less interested in superficial chatter or trivial matters, seeking more profound and meaningful interactions instead. They might spend more time in nature, appreciating its beauty and grandeur, or they might cherish quiet moments of reflection and gratitude. This isn’t about distancing themselves from others. It’s about embracing life fully, savoring each moment, and appreciating the world around them in a more profound way. 7) They start to confront their own mortality Growing older means facing the reality of our own mortality. This can be a daunting, even scary prospect. I remember when I first really started to grapple with this idea. It changed my perspective on many things. Facing one’s mortality can often result in a deeper introspection and a shift in priorities. Some people might pull away, not out of a desire to distance themselves, but as part of their own process of coming to terms with this reality. This can lead to more time spent alone, quieter lifestyles, and less engagement in trivial matters. It’s not about pushing people away, but about finding peace and acceptance within oneself. 8) They find comfort in routine While it may seem monotonous to some, many people find a certain comfort in routine as they age. The predictability of routine can provide a sense of security and stability. This affinity for routine might lead them to decline spontaneous plans or activities outside their comfort zone, which can be misconstrued as an attempt to distance themselves. However, it’s not about avoiding social interaction. Instead, it’s about creating an environment that feels safe and familiar. Embracing routine is just another way of managing the changes that come with aging and maintaining a sense of control over their lives. 9) They seek out meaningful conversations A shift often happens as people age – they begin to favor deep, meaningful conversations over light-hearted banter or small talk. They may wish to discuss life experiences, personal beliefs, dreams, and fears rather than who won the latest reality show or the trending fashion styles. While this may give the impression of being aloof or distant, it’s actually a desire for more substantial and fulfilling interactions. They are not pushing people away; they’re inviting them into a more profound level of engagement. This change is not about becoming distant but about seeking depth in their relationships and conversations. 10) They learn to embrace their own company With age, people often become comfortable in their own company. They learn to appreciate the silence and find joy in their own thoughts and hobbies. This self-contentment can be mistaken for aloofness or disinterest in others. But it’s not about pushing others away. It’s about finding peace and satisfaction within oneself. Embracing one’s own company is a sign of self-growth and maturity. It’s about being at ease with oneself, and it’s a journey that each one of us embarks on as we age. Final thoughts: It’s a natural progression The evolution of human behavior as we age is deeply intertwined with our psychological and physiological changes. One key factor is the concept of socioemotional selectivity theory. The theory, developed by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, suggests that as we perceive our time left in life as increasingly limited, we subconsciously prioritize emotionally meaningful experiences and relationships. This can explain why many people seem to become more distant as they get older – they’re not pushing others away, but rather focusing on what’s truly important to them. Whether it’s nurturing deeper relationships, embracing solitude, finding comfort in routine, or seeking meaningful conversations, these are all signs of a natural progression towards emotional maturity. It’s not about distancing themselves from the world, but about creating a world that aligns with their evolved priorities and preferences. As we navigate through our own journey of aging, understanding these behaviors can help us accept and appreciate the changes within ourselves and others. It’s a reminder that growing older isn’t about growing distant, but about growing deeper – deeper into our relationships, into our understanding of life, and most importantly, into ourselves. Did you like my article? Like me on Facebook to see more articles like this in your feed. 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This shift is not always intentional or negative, but it often signals certain behavioral changes. These behaviors can be subtle, creeping up on us as the years go by, making us gradually distant from others. While some might argue this is simply a part of growing older, identifying these behaviors can help us understand and manage our changing relationships. Below, I’ve listed the ten behaviors that people often display as they become more distant with age. After all, knowledge is power, and being aware of these behaviors might help us navigate the twists and turns of our social lives as we grow older. 1) They value quality over quantity in their relationships As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Often, it’s a conscious decision – a shift from quantity to quality. Instead of wanting to know everyone, we start to value deeper connections with a select few. We start to prioritize the relationships that truly enrich our lives and let go of the ones that don’t. This might seem like pulling away or becoming distant, but it’s often just about seeking meaningful interactions. This change can be subtle and gradual, and it’s not always a conscious process. But it’s a common behavior among those who seem to become more distant as they age. Recognizing this can help us understand and respect an older person’s need for quality relationships. After all, we’re all on the same journey. We might just be at different stages. 2) They treasure solitude more than before I’ve noticed this in my own life as I’ve gotten older. There was a time when I loved being the life of the party, always surrounded by people and thriving in the hustle and bustle. But as I’ve aged, I’ve started to appreciate the peace and tranquility that solitude can bring. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy socializing, but I’ve come to value time spent alone, too. Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, these moments of solitude have become precious to me. This doesn’t mean I’m pushing people away or becoming antisocial. I’m just finding a new balance, where both social interactions and solitude have their own places. This is a behavior I’ve noticed in many others as they age too. It’s not about becoming distant. It’s about cherishing the quiet moments in an increasingly noisy world. 3) They become more selective with their time As we age, our perception of time shifts. A study from Stanford University found that as people get older, they tend to perceive time as more limited. This perception leads them to prioritize and spend their time differently. Instead of trying to do everything, they become more selective. They might spend more time on hobbies they love, or with people they deeply care about. This selectiveness can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a conscious choice to spend their finite time on what matters most to them. It’s about making the most out of each moment, rather than trying to fill every moment with activity. 4) They often embrace a slower pace of life As the years go by, it’s not uncommon for people to slow down a bit. The constant rush and hustle of earlier years give way to a more relaxed, leisurely pace. This doesn’t mean they’re becoming distant or disinterested. Rather, they’re choosing to take life at a more comfortable speed, savoring experiences instead of rushing through them. They might prefer a quiet evening at home over a loud party, or a peaceful walk in the park over an adrenaline-filled adventure. This shift doesn’t mean they’re withdrawing from life or people. It’s just a different way of experiencing and enjoying life’s journey. 5) They become more introspective Getting older often brings a heightened sense of introspection. People tend to look inward, reflecting on their life, their choices, their achievements, and even their regrets. This introspection can sometimes be mistaken for distancing. In reality, it’s a journey within, a process of self-understanding and self-discovery that often comes with age. Related Stories from Global English Editing Men who are secretly unhappy with how their life turned out usually display these 8 subtle behaviors 7 situations in life where you should just walk away, according to psychologists 7 phrases that can make or break your child’s confidence, according to psychology They may spend more time alone, not because they’re isolating themselves, but because they’re delving deeper into their own thoughts and emotions. This increased introspection doesn’t mean they’re disconnecting from the world around them. Instead, it’s about connecting more profoundly with their own inner selves. 6) They nurture a deeper appreciation for life As people age, they often develop a deeper appreciation for life and its simple pleasures. They may come to realize that every moment is precious, and that life is too short for petty disagreements or grudges. This profound appreciation can sometimes lead to a seeming distance from others. They may become less interested in superficial chatter or trivial matters, seeking more profound and meaningful interactions instead. They might spend more time in nature, appreciating its beauty and grandeur, or they might cherish quiet moments of reflection and gratitude. This isn’t about 1


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