2. Who is our true self?

I’ve been thinking about how much I’ve changed in my life. Every time I look back, I’m impressed by how my old-self never fails to surprise me. The person I was. How I used to think. The mistakes I made. The things I did. The things I didn’t do.

As a kid, I used to be really shy. I was the quiet goody kid whom people rarely notice. Few years later, I became quite a clown. I loved becoming the center of attention, entertaining people and going out a lot. I remember taking that personality test in university and found that I'm 98% extroverted. The present me, however, loves a lot of me-time. I love having lunch by myself, go to classes and spend weekends alone. A lot less YOLO and more collected.

I’m not sure if it’s part of maturing or self-discovery. It makes me wonder, is this the real me that I’m supposed to grow to be? Or the old me was my true self but the world molded me into something else? Do we choose to be who we are now or are we forced to?

I don’t have the answer.

But will I be a different person in the next five years? Absolutely yes. And that’s the beauty of life. We grow and change. I won’t know who will I be next but I’d like to believe that I am the best I have become today. I embrace my present self.