I’m not the same person I was five years ago. Just thinking about who I was in my early twenties I think about how embarrassed I am from many of the tings I said and did. I did a lot of things I regret. At the time I was working my first time at a customer service job and let me tell you I was not the best. Over these past few years that job has stayed with me. I can remember so many of the things I did wrong. I still feel like I am growing up and learning so many things. Every year I write down a list of things about myself that I want to improve on. Things I believe that I can be better at. I hope to constantly try to be better more mature and professional. Do I fail and regret many of the things I do and say, Yes. Through this blogging journey I have learned so much. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I am an introvert. It is really hard for me to reply to comments, or just simply communicate with fellow bloggers online, I am pretty shy. I am trying to overcome this and be better at communication. Blogging has helped me so much.
There are many people I know in person who knew me from when I was younger and they still see me as a 13 or 15 year old girl. They treat me so young and talk about me like I am still a child. In a weird way these people are for some reason still interested in my life even though they never truly asked me how I am or how I was doing. They love to gossip. For a long time I was worried about how fake and wrong the assumptions these people were making about me. I was even worried about what other people thought about me online as I started to blog. But for recently I am learning that I can be true to who I am and I can’t be a people pleaser and worried about what everyone else thinks about me. I need to be true to who I am.
I think to myself yes I was embarrassed about many of the things I said as a child and things I did and I don’t believe that these people have the right to still judge me for the wrong things I did as child. Its wrong of them to keep bringing it up and staying that I am the same person I was when I was a child. I am adult now and I am still growing and learning.
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It’s a beautiful thing to recognize progress in oneself. I often look at how I’ve changed in the past few years, but rarely do I look forward at how I might change. Thanks for posing the question. It’s what I’ll journal about this morning.
You know what I often ahve trouble with, though? Recognizing the change over time in those who are closest to me, the ones I live with. It’s important to remember to look for it so we don’t treat them as their past selves just the way we don’t want to be treated as our own past solves.
as humans, we are forever evolving. this is a reason I moved out of my hometown. I think social media keeps people from our past more present than we’d like. i think it’s quite refreshing to to start a new somewhere where nobody knows you yet.
i don’t think you should have regrets because those moments got you where you are today. you’ve learned a lot about yourself and all there is left to do is move forward. loved the honestly in this read. thanks for sharing.
I sometimes don’t always see the progress I have made — but it’s still really worthwhile to take some time to think about it. 5 years ago things were very different in my life and to be honest, it was a happier time … but knowing what I’ve come through to get to the point I am now is worthy of celebrating. I don’t know what the next 5 years bring but I hope I am living back home in Britain and my husband has beaten his serious health battles. We are getting there so the future looks brighter than it has for a while! As always, your thoughts are really motivating and eye-opening!
We all grow and learn and change, hopefully continually improving ourselves! Nobody should be judged for things they did in their past, especially if they are changing and growing! You and on the right path to a great life for yourself!! As they say, change your seat at the table if the table is no longer serving your needs!! Move on from the past and enjoy your life!
Its crazy how quickly we develop and mature within such a short period of time, during the years it seems as though were the same, but its only when we stop and think back and notice what we’ve achieved and experience when will really notice how much we’ve progressed.
Love this!! I can relate to this so much. The sad thing is that people want us to remain in the same place we were 5 yrs ago not knowing we only remained there because we had to, not because we wanted to
Having self awareness is something so many people have a difficult time with. This causes individuals to not do well in job positions and in relationships. The fact that you are able to identify some of your short comings in order to put a plan in place to improve yourself is wonderful! You are definitely not the person you were 5 years ago and because you seek after self improvement, you are not the person you will be in the next 5 years.
I struggle with self awareness, and it’s always been one of my biggest struggles. Thank you for being so open and honest.
So love your honesty and vulnerability in this post. We each are growing constantly. It is sad when some want to remember only a certain time in life. You know you are not the same and you don’t have to prove that to anyone. You are right we can question certain moments we lived, but these are learning and growth moments definitely. Thank you for sharing your story this is bringing encouragement to others!
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No matter how “old” I get I always look back to myself 5 years ago and cringe. But that proves that I am still growing and improving myself. That’s the best I can hope for – always striving for growth.
Great perspective. Growth is so important. It’s not healthy to dwell on the past.
It’s hard when we look back and have regrets but it’s also a beautiful thing to reflect on how much we’ve grown and how much we still want to grow.
Growth and progress are absolutely fabulous. I am so happy you’re taking the inner journey to face, feel and release fears from your childhood to grow into liberation.
I too have been on this journey of strengthening my mind for a number of years and really there are only upsides and no downsides, save feeling some very uncomfortable emotions. Eating an energetic poop sandwich is 100% worth it lol. Thanks for sharing with us and have a great day.
Great reflection! I think it is important to set goals by thinking about where you want to me in the future.. and write them down- makes them feel more real.
We are all constantly growing and evolving. A lot of people don’t realize it, but being aware of it is a beautiful thing. Even though we may all have regrets, we can learn from them and make better choices. This is a beautifully vulnerable post! Thanks for sharing!
Just as you’ve said, one interesting thing about becoming an adult or growing up, is how you realise that you are on a journey of continual growth. Funny how it takes growth to realise we are always growing.
Someone today, when addressing gossip and accusation said, it’s important to know who you are so you do not end up believing the very lies others say about you. Crazy that we don’t only have to fight the lies others say, but also have to fight believing them too.
It’s always interesting looking back at how we grow and change. I often feel like the person I was 5 years ago had no idea of who I would be now or how my thinking would’ve changed.
I think we all did stupid things when we were young but that doesn’t mean we haven’t learned from our mistakes. Thank you for sharing your message.
I find it reassuring to look back and see yourself change and grow. You have a brilliant blog and I hope you continue to create great content.
It feels very good to look back and look at all the things we used to do before and realize how much we have grown. Thank you for sharing this with us x I admire your honesty and openness.
Thank you for being really honest and open with us. I too sometimes think about the things I’ve done in the past and I’m not so proud of everything. I think it’s a good thing to be able to recognize when you’ve grown and how you’ve changed as a person.
I try to live in the here and now. We learn from our past experiences and an always strive to do better.
for some reason I read it was ‘I’m not the same person when I was five years old’ lol!
anyway, glad that you’ve changed.. I think a lot of us have changed particularly the past 5 years — a lot has happened and more than people expected. I believe that as long as we learn from it, it is good. change is good and should be good.
Don’t judge yourself for the things you have done as your teenage/younger self 🙂 but so great that you have grown and evolved so much as a person! You’re doing great 😀
5 yrs from now, I hope to see myself living in the new place Im dreaming. Hopefully I’ll get there next year and start a new life. 🙂
You are very honest and it is good to reflect and also think of the future. I hope to be living by the ocean in a happy retirement in 5 years time.
I think many of us have changed in the last 5 years & it is hard for some others to accept that we’re not the same person we were 5 years ago. I also cringe when I think about some of the things I did when I was younger, but I’ve since grown & learned from my past.