According to the article, most people realize they’ve changed over the years, but they don’t think they’ll change in the future. I guess I’m in the minority.
I remember when I was about twenty-five, thinking back on my twenty-year-old self and saying, “Wow, what a jackass I was. I sure hope when I’m thirty I don’t look back at myself now (at twenty-five) and think I was such a failure.” But then I realized that that’s exactly wrong.
If you weren’t a worse person in the past, then you can’t be a better person now. And if you aren’t a worse person now than you will be in the future, you aren’t planning to learn or grow.
You should want to *always* be able to look back on your past with regret about lost opportunities and things you would have done differently, even if that “past” is today.
Life isn’t a race, but if I could compete with the 2008 me, I would kick that guy’s ass — and the 2018 me had better be able to kick mine.