On Review

I think it’s a good thing to be public about your past failings.

I am constantly tempted to go back and erase things I’ve written publicly in the past, because they don’t perfectly demonstrate my current view. I like to think I’m the kind of person who readily incorporates new information into their life philosophy, but that means that something I wrote a year ago might not be perfectly reflective of who I am today.

It’s not wildly off; my core values are what they are. But how I’ve learned to wrap those values around the world as it is has certainly changed, and hopefully for the better. I’m always trying to learn and improve. One of the perils of being even mildly successful at continual self-improvement is that your past self can seem awful by comparison.

So, I sometimes go back and look at old articles I’ve written or posts on various sites. Some have aged like fine wine, and I’m still proud of them. Others make me cringe.

But I don’t want to erase that. That’s my journey. That’s how I got where I am. If I found anything so egregious that it would truly make me ashamed, I’d rather write about it now than erase what I did before. But for the most part, it’s not stuff that I’m ashamed of; more stuff that I’d shake my head at and say “you’ve got a lot to learn, kid.”

I did have a lot to learn. I still do. I love learning it. So I’m okay with leaving those bread crumbs. Maybe in a few years I’ll read this and cringe, but hopefully I’ll appreciate each step for what it was. Part of a greater journey.

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