I’ve learned a few invaluable truths over the last four (plus) decades of my life. Each stage our lives requires a different version of ourselves. We grow, we adapt and we transform. Slowly and steadily we become the person we need to be for the next phase of our lives and, perhaps without knowing it, we evolve into the person we need to be to acquaint ourselves with the person we shall finally become.
I can look back at my life and recognize the divisible parts of myself, the bits that have led to the present sum of who I am today. I may still resemble a modicum of those versions of myself but the me now compared to the me then are vastly different people.
Through each chapter of the syllabus of me, I have gained a confidence that I only once professed to have. I have finally gotten to the point in my life where my opinion matters, if to nobody else than, to myself. I have reaped the rewards of struggle and adversity. I have calmly assumed a new sense of who I really am and I am very selective with the friends allowed behind my strategically built walls.
At this stage in my life, I have truly become the sum of my parts. I have taken the best bits of myself, learned from and discarded my errors in judgment and created the person I am now.
Would I change anything from my past? Perhaps. But if all of those equations – the fractions of time, the roots of my problems, the addition or subtraction of friends and family – meant that I would not be who I am today, I would probably answer all of the test questions the same way so I could calculate the same remainder.