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Recently I implemented a setting in my blog software to disable the warning above posts older than one year. A setting that has its justification.

But when I browse through my old posts, I think to myself that it is quite good that I leave the warning activated on my blog. Because sometimes the content, or my opinion in the posts, is outdated and I would not write posts nowadays like this.

Sure, if I read a post from 2017 and question it today, in 2022, then there are a whole 5 years in between. With my age of 23, that’s about 22 percent of my entire life. In 2016 and 2017, I was still in school, and in 2017 I had just started my training and studies. In general, I was definitely still in the last phase of puberty back then and just thought about some things quite differently.

But I’m still glad I didn’t delete most of my posts back then. After all, it is also exciting for me to see how I have developed since then.

It’s not uncommon for me to talk with my girlfriend about past experiences, things we’ve done alone or together, such as fond memories like a spontaneous mini-vacation before we were even together. That’s when it sometimes strikes us “Wow, it’s been so long!”. Also, the OneDrive feature that shows you photos from today in years past always makes me go “Oh, that was 3 years ago!”.

If you are living in the here and now, then you quickly lose the overview and the direct memory of what has happened. Or also how you are developing.

For example, at the end of 2017, I wrote that I had just deleted my reddit account after also abandoning a number of other social media accounts. I wrote that reddit was like any other social network, but that I couldn’t delete my Twitter account because I find new readers through it. Also, phrases like “when I’m rich and famous” in the post from back then struck me somewhat negatively today.

In the time between 2017 and today, however, I seem to have managed to delete my Twitter account after all, to no longer have the goal of being rich and famous at some point, and to no longer care so much about the number of readers on my blog. What has also happened, however, is that I’ve got two new reddit accounts for quite some time now, and discussions in various subreddits have convinced me to leave my comfort zone and find a new job, which I have. While reddit is still a big time eater, used properly, it has helped me unlike the other social media.

But still, I miss a bit how I just wrote out my thoughts back then. But I’m now older and more adult and that somehow does not really work anymore.


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