If you knew someone 20 years ago, would you still know them today? Would they be the same? Many people would say yes, and many others would disagree. I believe that both answers would be right.
People do change. They change their habits, their perspectives and their beliefs. Their appearance changes and their shell is sometimes hardened by circumstances. Their fears change and they become more cautious. Over the years, we grow and learn. We become educated and seasoned by life.
We also remain the same. The deep rooted attributes that make us who we are, rarely change. They are the values that we live by. Appreciation for others, unselfishness, kindness, love, respect and honesty, are just a few of those. Starting from birth we were taught morals and values, which we still carry with us today. The soul of a person, the qualities that make us uniquely ‘us’, remain the same.
Imagine a slice of bread that has sat out on the counter for too long. The surface becomes hardened by the air that surrounds it, but the inside remains soft and moist. The top layer of the bread changes, and becomes much like a protective shield for the inner layer. Many of us are like that bread.
If a person knew me 20 years ago, they would still know me today. I am different, but still the same. How about you? Would someone from years ago, still know you today?