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Trusting your future self

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Mar. 16th, 2003 | 12:47 pm
mood: peacefulpeaceful
music: Where Your Eyes Don't Go - They Might Be Giants

When I was little, I knew my voice would be changing soon, and I would lose my above-average singing voice. I sang often, and loudly, accompanying whatever else I was doing, to celebrate it and say goodbye to it.

In my early teens I mulled over the observation that, as I grew older, my opinions, attitudes, and preferences were changing. I postulated a future self who held values different from mine, and tried to decide if this was a problem. (yes, I was THAT stubborn and strong-willed.)

I already accepted what might be thought of as the continuous loss of potential self due to imperfect memory and limited awareness. I was aware that what I percieved as my 'self' was already too 'large' to fit inside my consciousness, let alone my short-term memory.

A lot of things I won't try to explain here went into this:
I decided that whoever I was in the future, that was still me, and I knew that as that future self I would continue have good reasons for whatever I did.

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