"You don't have to leave with the one you came in with!" is a proverb that applies more widely than the obvious party-time context. In fact, it's an extraordinarily interesting notion to apply to oneself. People can change; they don't have to follow a predictable trajectory.

It's not easy. If it were, the concept of "personality" would dissolve and lose its meaning. As Spinoza wrote, "All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare."

But you can emerge a different person than you went in as — every decade ... every month ... every day ... every moment ....

TopicLife - 2002-10-22

(correlates: TouchdownToRevelation, CozyZone, BluffingVersusHumility, ...)