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.
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.