This week I created an About Plibby page for my blog. I took time to consider which words describe me most accurately. (Winning words: fun-loving, free-thinker, and truth-seeker!) I also thought about what my passions and priorities are, and which activities I enjoy most in life.
As I pondered, I realized that a large majority of my answers would have been vastly different just 10 years ago. The fun-loving Plibby was always there, but the free-thinker and truth-seeker in me grew tremendously, and my priorities in life have shifted.
10 Ways I Have Changed in the Past Decade:
- I gained a broader perspective of the world and people.
10 years ago I had only traveled as a tourist, and I knew little about other cultures/ideas and world history. I used to judge people based on how I thought they should live. Now I have lived in multiple countries and have been exposed to a plethora of new ideas and people. My experiences have helped me become more compassionate and patient.
- I woke up to the truth about the ruling elite, government corruption, and corporate greed.
10 years ago I was apathetic and believed mainstream media. I now understand that I have been a slave to the system, and I must filter information and proactively seek the real truth. I no longer make decisions based on fear.
- I started being honest with myself about what I was eating and drinking.
10 years ago I convinced myself that Diet Coke and low-fat processed food were healthy. I used to eat other animals because I allowed myself to think I needed their protein. Now thoughtful eating is a passion for me. I also stopped drinking so much… a nice glass of wine or sake every couple of weeks is already indulgent.
- I changed my focus from triviality toward significance.
10 years ago, a typical conversation might be about the details of my job, a TV show, the weather, or other people. Now I consider good conversation topics to be the meaning of life, the nature of the cosmos, and world politics.
- I changed my definition of happiness.
10 years ago I was mostly just going through the motions of life, not giving much thought to how incredibly fortunate I am to have my life, health, and (some) freedom. Now I am extremely grateful, and I tend to look at the big picture.
- I changed my views on learning.
10 years ago I spent my free time reading fiction and watching television. Now I typically read non-fiction and prefer thought-provoking films and documentaries. I place a high priority on educating myself daily.
- I changed my views on money.
10 years ago I thought having a high-paying job was something everyone should strive for. Now I realize that the “richest” people are those who are surrounded by love and genuine happiness. I also now understand how the privately-owned Federal Reserve creates money and the monetary system keeps people in servitude. Within the system, I work for money to live, but I see it as a necessary evil in my lifetime.
- I developed a deeper confidence in myself.
10 years ago I thought of myself as average, and I beat myself up over trivial things. Now with a broader perspective and a focus on more significant ideas, I stopped comparing myself to others, except to be inspired. I have always found make-up to be too gross and fake for my taste, but I did develop a fashion sense. For those who knew the tomboy Plibby, this new style comes as quite a shock.
- I became a minimalist.
10 years ago I owned a home, a car, furniture, etc, and paid utilities, insurance, etc. I also used to scrabook and collect “knick knacks.” Then I got a taste of travel and a stronger understanding of the impact of consumerism. I gave away or sold most of my posessions, and now everything I own fits in one suitcase. I view owning things as both a burden and a waste.
- I became a blogger.
10 years ago I didn’t journal or share my thoughts, and I didn’t do much personal research to improve myself. Look at me now… blogging about how much I have changed. Blogging is much more rewarding than I had imagined. It helps me organize my thoughts and my research, and it feels great to share with the world. Through comments and discussions, I may receive validation of my ideas, or I may learn alternate perspectives. We are all in different places in our change journey, so hopefully I can inspire others, while learning from those who are further along or on different paths in their journeys.
I am grateful for the opportunity to learn, share, and grow online with you. I wonder how I will change over the next 10 years. Let’s see!