Very recently I had the pleasure of visiting with a friend I hadn’t seen since high school. We had a lovely afternoon catching up and laughing at the antics of her small son. Life took us on our own paths, and then somehow dumped us out into a fortuitous afternoon — one where we could just walk and smile and enjoy a moment in time together. It got me thinking, about thens and nows, and about the people we become.
Certainly I am not the same person I was 18 years ago. It was more than half a lifetime ago, and since then I have experienced joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, pain and love. But in some ways, I think I am still that girl, too. Idealistic, quick-witted, a bit self-conscious? That girl is still there. She is deeper now, though, and more multi-faceted. Hopefully a little wiser. Maybe a bit more of a realist, but no less a romantic.
The way we grow, the paths that we carve towards change — these make for quite the journey. I get caught up in the day-to-day so often that I forget sometimes how far I’ve come, and how far I still can go. Thank you, C, for unwittingly prompting this meditation on self. It was lovely to see you. And to see me, in a slightly different light.