You see, I have been fooling all of you. I am not really who you thought I was. I’m actually a performer for a traveling circus. I am also a cactus farmer who enjoys playing the flute in caves.
Well, not really. Actually, that’s all a lie. What I mean to say is that people often have preconceived ideas about who I am. My current self contradicts who I used to be long ago. People change. It’s been twenty years since high school. Hard to believe. I still feel like I should be in my twenties. Even then, I was a different person. My twenty-eight year old self is closer to my present day self than I was to my eighteen year old self, though. I think I changed the most in my twenties.
In high school, I was the science nerd. Now, I’m still a science nerd, but I don’t work in science. I teach English and write.
In high school, I was skinny and obviously not athletic. Now, I’m still skinny, but I do a lot of walking and hiking.
In high school, I was pretty awkward and shy. Now, I’m pretty confident, and I don’t care what people think about me.
In high school, I wouldn’t stand up for myself. Now, I like to defuse situations before they blow up, but I’ll defend myself if I have to.
In high school, I wasn’t very outspoken about issues. Now, I frequently blog, talk, and post on Facebook about issues that mean a lot to me.
In high school, I hadn’t really gone through much, other than bullying (that was in junior high school). Since then, I have witnessed a suicide, experienced the fourth largest recorded earthquake in history, and lost too many loved ones.
I’m a changed person in many ways, but deep down, I’m still the curious kid who likes to read encyclopedias.
How have you changed in your life?