You’re scrolling through your Facebook memories and stumble upon a post from 10 years ago. You’re struck by a mixture of nostalgia and horror as you read through your passionate defence of a belief that now seems as outdated as being active on facebook itself (Sorry, Zuck and all brown dads). We’ve all had those facepalm moments, haven’t we?
I used to totally buy into the whole “fake it till you make it” idea – you know, act all super confident and like you’ve got it all figured out. But looking back, that just feels cringy now. I’ve outgrown that mindset and I’m glad I did. I mean, who can actually relate to someone who’s always trying to be this know-it-all? People aren’t like that. We’re confused, we mess up, and sometimes we’re just plain silly and dumb. And that’s what people relate to. It’s like trying to impress with a shiny apple, but everyone’s craving a juicy, slightly wonky peach. It’s cool to be real and honest, to just tell it like it is. Especially when it comes to building genuine connections that last.
So, here’s the preach I’ve been dying to do. It’s okay to change your mind about things! In fact, it’s more than okay—it’s absolutely liberating. Like that time you passionately advocated for a diet that promised to turn you into a Greek goddess, only to realize that life is too short to say no to pizza? Yep, I feel you.
Embracing growth means making peace with your past selves, even if they make you cringe a little. It’s like Marie Kondo-ing your mental space—thank them for their service, but if they no longer bring you joy, it’s time to bid them adieu. And hey, don’t be too hard on yourself. We’re all just walking-talking works in progress.
But wait, there’s more! Defending a belief you’ve outgrown knowing it’s stupid is like trying to convince yourself that your Aadhar card photo was the peak of your looks (a sentiment all Indians can relate to). It’s time to drop the act and acknowledge that growth is a beautiful thing and give yourself the permission to evolve, even if it hurts your ego a little.
The next time you stumble upon a past belief that makes you cringe, please think of me, and raise a metaphorical toast to your evolution. Cheers to growth, to embracing change, and to being okay with admitting that our past selves were a little… well, let’s just say “quaint.”
Until next time, keep walking that talk, even if it means taking a few dance breaks along the way! 🕺💃