When we take a photograph, we save that moment in time. Our physical appearance, our setting, our emotions, a photo reminds us of all this.
When I wrote my first piece, Me in 10 Minutes, I wanted to take a “mental photograph” of how I thought, what was important to me, and what I identified with at that moment in time. Every year, I’d learn more about myself and grow in many unexpected ways. This was my way of keeping track of it all.
I wrote that piece late August 2019, and I read it again yesterday. I was curious to see what changed and what stayed the same.
Here’s what I observed:
- They say that if you look at past self and are not disappointed, then you haven’t grown enough. The first thing I noticed, is how I’ve grown as a writer.
- There are many useless sentences, words and grammar mistakes.
- I sound stiff, I think I was holding something back here.
- The flow and rhythmic phrasing needs to be improved
- My values have not changed. This is a good sign. By definition, your values should not be changing.
- I can’t say for sure that edtech and healthtech are the areas I want to dedicate my career towards.
- Not putting anyone on pedestals sounds great in theory. But in practice I still subconsciously do this.
These are just a few observations out of many. I guess I’m due for a rewrite.