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"Well I know five years is a long time and that times change
But I think that you'll find people are basically the same"

So I'm thinking Me Current vs. Me five years ago... and Me on the cusp of 21 was a scary scary thing, man.

But what do you people think? Are people basically the same or do even fundamental changes occur over a span of time?

I'm thinking that this was optimistic banter in a goofy pop song (written who knows when but Martin was only 21 in 1982)trying to win over a chicky, but at the same time it made me think about things like that.

And since I've got about 30 different Depeche Mode songs stuck in my head at the moment I've got a wealth of interesting lines to think about.

Not really awake yet.

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bightchee
Dec. 3rd, 2003 03:53 am (UTC)
We know we both changed.
maddening
Dec. 3rd, 2003 04:13 am (UTC)
See, but did we really? I'm not so sure that we've both seen big changes.

Think about the things that entertained you five years ago. Not the job, the move, anything like that, just think about how you in your day to day life are fundamentally different from then.

I know that a lot of the things about who I was at the time are always going to be there. But some other things I realize now were couched in circumstance more than anything else and therefore subject to change as the landscape of my life changed.

Herm...
way too deep of thoughts for this early in the morning with this much crap to get done.

bightchee
Dec. 3rd, 2003 04:18 am (UTC)
My outlook on food has definitely changed, having been a vegetarian now for over two years. I'm not inspired at all anymore to play music. I believe love can work. Etcetera.
maddening
Dec. 3rd, 2003 04:44 am (UTC)
herm... I don't see those as fundamental changes though.

I wear less black. I have music playing constantly now whereas before it was only for background noise when I went to sleep or for a specific song.
I got over a lot of bitterness and issues. I've learned how to use MS Office products.... all those things are new about me... but I don't see them as *fundamental* changes.
Like... how I would react to someone who needed something. What I feel about getting up and breathing every morning. My outlook on life on a basic core level.. things like that.

I'm not sure that those things that really make me *me* (those things that were probably part of me by the age of 5 or so) are different.
I dunno... they might be.

mjfgates
Dec. 3rd, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
Does it really matter whether the "fundamental" bits of you are different now than they were a few back then? I mean, if you basically like those bits, why should they change?

That said, Merlin was an entirely different person sixteen years ago. The bits she changed are the ones she didn't like; took a few years' work, but she did do it. It's actually damn scary still at times, like during Thanksgiving week when she has all the flashbacks. (God this last month has been scary so scary bad bad scary don't wanna do that again for at least another year god it was bad. Bad.)
kaeren
Dec. 4th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
depends on how you quantify or qualify that change.
i think that people change.
i also concur that people are BASICALLY the same throughout all of time, too.
and finally i think that our rate of change is somehow related to our age, such as, we change a lot from late teens to mid-twenties and perhaps change much less in our 30s and 40s as we get set into habituation, etc.
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