The person I used to be

This was posted on Facebook by someone in my Friends List:

“Once again I’m missing the person I used to be—young, attractive, and had a better outlook for the future.”

That’s sad. I would guess that she has self-esteem issues and is clinging to the past, trying to hold on to the illusion that it was really better in some way.

While I certainly have fond memories of my younger days, I don’t really miss them or the person I was then. Those days were different, not necessarily any better or worse. Looking back, I sometimes find myself disappointed in the person that I used to be. I’d like to think that over the years I’ve matured, gained a bit of knowledge and wisdom, become a better person, and positively influenced a few lives along the way.

For the most part, I’m really liking the person I’m becoming—healthier, more open and honest, more compassionate, more optimistic, more content with what I have and more at peace with myself and others.

No, it’s not all sunshine and roses but I’m taking responsibility for my own life, my own soul, my own happiness, and my own peace of mind. There is only one person I have control over and that’s me. I can’t blame anyone else and no one else can move me forward. Change comes from within. We have to be the change we want to see.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.