How have you changed in the last five years?

Things are always in motion. We’re always changing. And as the days, months, and years go by we evolve. Sometimes we get worse. We’ve been around negative influences. Other times we’re changing for the better. We’ve surrounded ourselves with positive influences. But regardless of good or bad we’re always changing.

Every minute we’re a little different than the last. And those little changes start to add up. Some people make complete three sixty turnarounds in just a year. You can see tons of change in someone in just the span of a summer. Now imagine the change that happens in five years. How have you changed in the last five years?

Here’s how I’ve changed in the last five years and my thoughts on it.

There’s no denying the last five years have seen change in me. Five years is a substantial amount of time. And my last five years were probably the most changed filled years of my life yet. I’m twenty three now meaning five years ago I was eighteen. That’s a big jump.

At eighteen years old I was a very ambitious and mostly optimistic kid. Just graduating high school, I thought I was on top of the world. I could have and everything I ever desired. And the world revolved around me. I mean who didn’t think these things at eighteen.

But now at the age of twenty three there’s plenty of things I see differently. I’m not saying the younger me was dumb and wrong but rather my thoughts and beliefs have been refined. The world doesn’t revolve around me, but my world does. Everybody is too busy doing other things to be “revolving” around you.

The world wouldn’t stop for a moment if I disappeared right now. Friends and family would care but the world has a lot better things to worry about. Time keeps ticking and the sun still comes up the next day. My life is my own to handle. I’m in control of my destiny.

And the destiny and life I have will never be perfect. I learned this one the hard way. I had an idealistic view of the perfect world and it was shatter into pieces. Now I know life isn’t full of challenges, life is the challenge. And now I face these challenges head on with pure determination. I’ll never be naive enough again to think life is anything less than the longest, most difficult, and most impactful journey I’ve ever been on.

I’ve also changed my personal thoughts on success. It’s one of the biggest changes I’ve had in five years. I’ve learned I could succeed and be anything I put my mind to. But now I see that success is not a prerequisite of happiness. I can be happy without becoming a successful multi-millionaire. My happiness is success enough.

Those are just a few of the many things I’ve learned over the few years. Time flies by and the changes fly under the radar. But if I had to say how I’ve changed the most in five years it would simply be… Perspective. My perspective has changed and my views have cleared up. These five years have taught me so much and I know the next five will teach me even more!

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