Who I Am Yet To Be

A friend once told me:

“I wouldn’t want something I did when I was 17 or 18 to be something other’s judged my entire worth on, forever.”

Or something like that.

Lot’s of lessons in that.  For the 17 or 18 year old who is concerned enough and mature enough they might think “well then I ought to choose what I do more carefully”.   Don’t laugh.  Some 17 or 18 year old’s could think this.

For the people who knew someone at the age of 17 or 18 and what they were like then, it’s a good reminder.  To look at everything else that person has done since then.

Maybe they’ve matured.  Grown.  Accomplished.  Developed in to the kind of person they were only on their way to being at that young age they once were.

Maybe not.

But hopefully, and likely, so.

I try to remember this.

Because other’s knew me when I wasn’t who I am.  And know me now before I’m who I am yet to be.

20 thoughts on “Who I Am Yet To Be

  1. I said for many years … I want a body of 30 … be 40 and have my knowledge and experience of 64! I think what I was when I was 17-20 are in basic the same as … youth are today, but it’s more brutal – more sex, more alcohol and more violence – I don’t know if they have more fun then what I had. NO, I wouldn’t like to be 17 again. Great post !


  2. Me at 18 and me at 42! Oh my god! I think I’ve been 2 or 3 different people since then. It seems like I’m always changing and reinventing myself. When people see pictures of me from my 20s or even 30s they say things like, “who is that?” and “wow you look different now”. I think people have to change. I don’t like change much but I think it’s the only constant in life, IMHO.


    • You are so right R.U. I hope we aren’t supposed to be keeping track of our changes. But if I ever had to go back and list them, it would be interesting to see what “I” thought has changed about me, compared to how others may think I have changed.


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