These may be words you have heard, many of us have. “She (or he) is not the same person I met!” While this may appear to be the case, the reality is a little simpler than that.
As we go through life … from childhood, teenager, young adult, adult, elder … it may indeed appear as though we change, just as greatly as the cells of our physical body. In truth, it is more accurate to say that we live life privileged to have many different experiences.
That child, teenager, young adult, and adult will remain with us as we enter our elder years. Life may look different, just as many objects do from various angles, yet the naive aspect of our self never disappears, only lives life from multiple views, constantly learning.
Circumstances change as the years go by, people treat each other differently through the age process, affording us all unique situations and valuable lessons.
So while it appears as though “she is not the same person she once was”, she is only enjoying life in abundant formations.
She is still here, looking backward, working forward, marveling at it all.