In fact, you’re not even the same person you were yesterday, because you are only who you are today.
When you repeatedly spend each day choosing to be the same person you were yesterday, though, you get comfortable with the routine and forget that you have a choice at all.
I started thinking about this after reading something I wrote seven years ago. This was written as part of a college application essay in year 2000:
Being born into the computer age has had an amazing effect on my computer abilities. Computing has literally become my life, and I hope it stays that way. I feel that computing is my calling, and there are good careers available in the computing field with excellent salaries.
To me computing is not only challenging, but fun, and that’s why I have chosen computer science as my major. I am sure that I will enjoy studying computer-related courses which will enable me to become a proficient computer expert.
Listening to my former self describe future plans is interesting. It’s clear that I had goals for my future, and that I was eager to accomplish them.
In other words, “To become a proficient computer expert” was my Life Plan.
Today, I read these words and feel surprised at how drastically my plans have changed. Though I’ve become a proficient computer expert, that line of work no longer fascinates me like it once did. In fact, before stumbling across this essay of mine, I had forgotten that it ever fascinated me at all.
My point is that people change — and as you change, so do your plans for the future.
My Life Plan no longer involves computers. Nor does it involve winning the lottery, being the youngest contender in the World Series of Poker, or designing robots. I have no more desires to become a pilot, magician, or physics teacher. Currently, my Life Plan is in sync with my life’s calling:
I want to be a writer.
I want to write things worth reading — things that people can relate to and resonate with. I want my writings to help people recognize how it’s never too late to change direction in life. I want to help inspire people to create positive change in their own lives, follow their true calling, and experience a more fulfilling lifestyle every day.
And I don’t want to settle for anything less.
Before now, all of my Life Plans were mediocre at best. I’ve reinvented myself ten times over trying to discover what makes me feel right with the world, and I’m glad I’ve arrived at this. The alternative was to settle for a repetitive and unfulfilled life investing too much time into unimportant things.
I wanted to do something that was important to me.
I needed to start again. I needed to reboot my life.
So I made the choice to change. Have you?
Take a moment to take in your surroundings — your job, your home, and your future. Ask yourself: Is this really me?
If it isn’t, then it’s probably time you made some changes to your Life Plan — and today’s a great day for a life reboot.
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