Growing Up and Changing Perspectives: How Our Values and Priorities Shift with Time

by - February 26, 2023


Weekends for me are all about decluttering my stuff and considering this is a new year and I have decided to follow few principles like Minilism. I decided to get rid of things I no longer needed and reminded my mind to be adamant with process,no more falling for stuff carrying memories from my childhood, school days or college which are taking up all the space in my room for sake of memories.I decided to let go of them. While cleaning the room I found 7 Rubik cubes,okay I like them but why do I needed 7 that too when I hardly solve them anymore. I definitely had the realisation how much these cubes mean to me and how much power they had on me. There was a big significance of them in my life,but here is a thing. I just wrote they had. 

Does they mean nothing to me now??? Don't they have the same power over me now? I gave good 15 minutes to think about it and with a smile at last,I kept two cubes with me and gifted the remaining ones to my tenants school going child. I even didn't bother to explain the significance of cubes to him neither how they supported me in the process of growing up. I use to advertise the importance of cubes always to people around but not anymore. In my mind,I just thought let him figure out himself, same medicine might not help two different individuals.

Coming back to the realisation I got in those 15 minutes was that as we go through life, our perception changes with time, and with it, our priorities and values also change. The things that were once so important to us can lose their significance, and we can look back and wonder how we ever cared so much about them. I guess this is what we call the natural process of growing up, of gaining new experiences and insights that shape our perspective on the world.

When we're young, everything feels immediate and intense. Every small success and setback can feel like the most significant thing in the world. We can become obsessed with people, places, and things, investing our time, energy, and emotions in them without hesitation. We often don't have the perspective to see the bigger picture or to recognize that our feelings and desires are subject to change.

As we grow older, however, we begin to develop a broader perspective. We gain more experience, learn from our mistakes, and discover new interests and passions. We become more comfortable in our own skin, and we learn to trust our instincts and intuition. We start to realize that the things we thought were so important might not be as crucial as we once believed.

It's a strange feeling to look back on things that used to be the center of our world and realize that they no longer hold the same power over us. We might revisit an old place or reconnect with an old friend and realize that we've changed so much that the connection we once shared is no longer there. We might listen to a song or watch a movie that we used to love and find that it no longer resonates with us in the same way.

But this doesn't mean that our past experiences and emotions are invalid or meaningless. They were important to us at the time, and they helped shape who we are today. It's okay to look back on them with fondness or even nostalgia, but we don't have to cling to them or let them define us.

As we continue to grow and evolve, our perspective on the world will continue to shift and change. The things that we once thought were so important will become smaller, and new things will take their place. It's all part of the process of becoming who we are meant to be, of finding our place in the world and discovering what truly matters to us.

In the end, growing up is about learning to let go of what no longer serves us and embracing what brings us joy and fulfillment. It's about recognizing that our perspective on the world is always evolving and that there is always room for growth and change. And it's about living our lives with purpose and passion, knowing that every experience, whether big or small, has the potential to shape us in profound ways.

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