No matter how old or young you are there are points in life that change you. Point you in a new direction. Alter the way you see things. Some are "good", others "bad". I put those in parentheses because sometimes good changes lead to bad changes and ANY change in "you" can be significant. I'll list a few and would be interested seeing what has changed YOU , my forum friends. (or enemies as the case may be) Without further ado, here's some of the turning points of my life: 1. The first physical fight I was in. Second grade. Everybody picked on this kid named Author (yeah, I remember his name) because he wore a hearing aid. Back then hearing aids were as big as a pack of cigarettes and had a cord/wire that lead to an earbud as we would call them today. I got tired of it, he wasn't a particular friend or anything I just thought it was wrong. Anyway, I ended up rolling around in the dirt with one of his tormentors. Nobody bothered him after that ) but I got sent to the principles office, spanked and expelled for a week. The turning point was, I realized that sometimes you have to stand up and be counted but that that could have bad consequences. 2. The first time I ran away from home. I was 13. I realized I could stand on my own. (I'll try to shorten these up , if you want clarification just ask) 3. The first time (no it would not be the last) I was tear gassed and beaten with a nightstick. I lost a lot of faith in our "democratic" system as I lay there blind, choking and getting beat in the gutter. Anti-war demonstration. 4. The first time I jumped behind a counter wearing an apron. I ended up in the Carnival business for 35 years, changing the whole trajectory of my life. 5. The first time I smoked Cocaine. Wasted 15 years or so of my life as a slave to that crap. It cost me my wife, my business, my home and damn near my family. That's some of the turning points of MY life, anyone else have any major turning points?