No matter how old you are, there always resides in you the need to be appreciated.
You may think you've proved yourself enough, surpassed others, left your mark and generally grown into a mature, well-balanced adult capable of handling distance and avoidance, but it takes one little truth to expose the need to be valued in you.
That need is in all of us, even though we may deny it with our tongues and shrugs. And that's a good thing.
In this world of change, it is good to occasionally encounter naked solid facts.