I cringe sometimes, am surprised at differences between my present and past selves, and then also don't entirely care either way. It kinda goes through that process each time. It feels like, "What?! Oh no. Wow, I said that? Oh well. meh."
The first man to raise a fist is the man who's run out of ideas. H.G. WELLS
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. FEYNMAN If this is monkey pee, you're on your own.SCULLY
I usually don't go back and read old threads -- when I do I'm usually amazed by the fact that I have no memory of some of the posts. I used to keep a diary and I used to go back to read past entries -- I've found that there's a cut-off point of cringe-worthiness.
entries from 1-6 months ago -- "Yes! I couldn't have said it better!"
entries from 6 months - 3 years ago -- *cringe* "Oh, God. How embarrassing!"
entries over 3 years old -- "This is hilarious!"
Everything I've posted on the forum has been 100% what I've felt at that particular moment. If I had to do it over again, I'd post things I feel at that moment. They might overlap or not. What's done is done.
Originally Posted by fidelia
Do you think you were a different person at the time you joined the forum than you are now?
Definitely. I've met a number of great people, and I've also met plenty of assholes over the years. These experiences have definitely influenced me. Joining this forum has been a life-changing experience in a lot of ways.