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Times Change, So Must We

Connor DelaneyThink about your eight-year-old self. 

What were you like? Were you the same as you are now, with the same personality, same interests or beliefs? Now take a look at yourself.

The other day my friend came to me to vent about how he thinks he has changed too much from the person he used to be –  the free spirit he enjoyed being with no worries about his future, the world around him or his trust in others. He noted how he has moved away from his previous personality to his present self and felt some form of regret about it. 

This forced me to meditate on what kind of person I used to be and brought forth the realization about how much I have changed over a period of time. People are always changing, they are never the same person they were a week, a month, a year ago. We are like a page in a book, when we are done with one, we turn to another.

Times change and so must we. As we get older, we learn about the world, about each other, but we seem to have forgotten what kind of people we used to be. We’ve forgotten about our whimsical fascination with the world around us and forget how to see the magic in every day.

We pass through moments in our lives like scenes in a film, and that’s good, we have to keep going just as long as we remember who we used to be. We no longer need our silly beliefs in magic and superstition because, now, we can hold ourselves up.

The saying, “People don’t change” is false. One may make mistakes, but that’s part of being human. We learn and move past our failures and regrets to form a more complete version of ourselves.

An individual should never want to be a past version of him or herself. No right-minded human being would ever trade out a newer version of computer software for a version that is five years its elder.

Embrace your present self and look forward to your future you. As you move forward, always remember the different people you were because they’re still you. The new you is coming and it’s going to be a whopper. Make it a good one. 

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