There’s a common misconception that people don’t change. That the way someone has treated you is an indicator of his or her character, now and forever more.

That simply isn’t true. People are not frozen in time. People are always reinventing themselves. All people do is change. It’s the only constant.

If you’re hard pressed to believe these statements, consider your own journey to become the person you are. Are you the same person you were a year ago? You may have some of the same tendencies, but you mostly aren’t. Are you the same person you were five years ago? Absolutely not. You’re hardly even the same person you were a week ago, given the conversations and events you’ve been part of since.

We tend to look at evolution on a linear timeline starting tens of thousands of years ago, since which we’ve progressed from stardust to microbes to apes to humans. But what about the evolution of ourselves? What about the timeline of our lives?

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