Re: Picard's 'middle' years
OTOH, there's another bunch of people who have a compulsive need to speak about the past: heroes.
Typically, this means "small heroes", people who fear that their feats will be forgotten, or people who doubt the significance of their feats and try to boast on them. To my experience, it's particularly prevalent in certain elements of the military...
In my experience, that's a false stereotype.
"Pessimism is a misuse of imagination."