If you read my profile, you also know that I like to write. But more than that, I'm working toward becoming a published author. I guess I should say a multi-published author because I don't plan on stopping with just one book.
Those two things--my humor and my writing--are very basic to who I am. So it surprised me that several people from my past have commented things such as:
"Who would have thought you'd turn out to be so funny?"
"I never imagined you'd grow up and become a writer."
I've had several of those comments in the last few months. Nothing rude or inappropriate, and I wasn't in the least offended so if you're someone from my past, don't feel guilty. But the comments did make me start taking a look at myself. And I found something interesting.
I'm not really the same person I was when I was growing up. Is that weird? Some things have remained the same, but some things are very different. For instance:
Then: very shy and quiet in public. Now: not so much.
Then: spent a lot of time on my hair in the morning with mixed results. Now: spend less time on my hair. With mixed results.
Then: would rather read than do anything else. Now: would rather read than do anything else.
Then: thought movies like Dumb and Dumber were stupid. Now: still think they're stupid, but watch them anyway because the guys in my life like them.
Then: had no idea what I wanted to do in life. Now: living life.
Then: couldn't cook. Now: not much better.
Then: was afraid of everything. Now: still afraid of everything, but doing it anyway. (Thanks, Indiana!)
Then: didn't want to be a missionary because I was afraid I'd end up in Africa. Now: lived for three years in Africa as a missionary.
Then: loved a good insult battle. Now: still do.
Hmm. Maybe I'm not so different after all.
So what about you? When you run into people from the past do you hear, "You haven't changed a bit!" (Something I'd think is a little disconcerting if they haven't seen you since you were ten) or do they say, "I would have never recognized you!" (Which can be good or bad. Go with the positive.)
Have you changed? Or have you just grown up?