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I Am Different but I Am the Same

Have you ever thought about who you used to be compared to who you are now? Are you the same person or have you evolved into someone different? What characteristics are the same and which ones are different now? I had to really think about this question. I’m not the same person that I was 15 years ago. I’m a much different person, in fact. But when I really dig deep and think about it, I still possess a lot of the same traits and characteristics of the girl I was back then. I’m Delia 2.0- the new and improved model. Ha!

5 Ways I am Different Now

1. I’m Confident. I was not a confident person back then. I went through some crap in high school and the early college years that sucked all the confidence right out of me. It’s taken a long time to build that back up.

2. I’m Grateful. Not that I was particuarly ungrateful before but I just don’t take things for granted anymore because I know how fast it can be ripped away.

3. I’m Cautious. I don’t trust as easily as I once did. I’m more inclined to be wary of new people and situations until I’m sure of them.

4. I’m Content. I can look back now and see how I was always reaching for the next big thing. I wasn’t content to just be in the moment. I’ve learned how to do that now and contentment is a much happier place to be.

5. I’m Strong. By strong I mean I am mentally strong. I have an inner toughness that came from living through some hard times. It’s a tried and true strength that have served me well.

5 Ways I am Still the Same

1. I’m Sarcastic. I guess that’s a personality quirk that just never goes away. I am probably one of the most sarcastic people you’d ever meet. I have a quip for everything. It’s charming, I know.

2. I’m a Planner. I’ve always been a planner and I guess I’ll always be one. I am not a spontaneous, throw the plan out the window, kind of a person. The mere thought gives me hives.

3. I’m Optimistic. I’m still a half-glass-full person. I can see the silver lining in just about any situation and I try to never be a Debbie Downer.

4. I’m a Night Owl. I used to drive my mother insane with my late hours. She could never understand why I couldn’t go to sleep until 2am just to be up at 6am for soccer practice. I am just a born Night Owl.

5. I’m Socially Awkward. This is the one trait I wish I had outgrown but no such luck. I’m as socially awkward now as I was back then. I’ve just learned to laugh at myself now where as before I would get so embarrassed.

How are you different or the same as you were 15 years ago?

Monday Listicles and Top Ten Tuesday.

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  • I wish I has more confidence, but that seems to be one thing that has changed. And I was a night owl, but I got to sleep during the day back then. Now the kids keep waking me up

  • I was a romantic in my younger days. I’m now more realistic about men and my marriage. Those young illusions are not helpful. I’m also more confident. We probably all are. And my faith has grown. When I was younger, I thought my own strength/wisdom would get me through, but I’ve learned to trust in God more fully, and have more peace now.

  • So many of these fit my personality too. I wonder how many bloggers are optimistic vs. cynical? I suspect that the optimistics might have an edge…what do you think?

  • I’m still socially awkward, too, only now I embrace it. I honestly didn’t realize I was when I was younger…just always nervous and quiet. Love your first five–empowering and inspiring.

  • I’m a night owl too. But now that Dallas is back I’m managing to go to bed at a reasonable time – when he does. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • definitely a night owl too. I am continually amazed that I can get up at 7 am with the kids, when sometimes it’s 2 am when I go to sleep. I like the idea that you’ve suggested that we are essentially the same people — just new and improved.

  • I love your list of different – the good things about being older and wiser! The sleep thing is odd, isn’t it? I’m a morning person, and I like to be in bed by 1030. Funny how we are just wired one way or the other!

  • Delilah 2.0 the new and improved model—this was just great! I feel more grateful too. Erin

  • Love what you said in the intro D!! I am a night owl too. But I have been trying to turn this around in the past few weeks. Here is to Delilah 2.0 xo

  • Oh, I’m right with you on so many of these. I’m grateful, cautious and content (but wasn’t before). I’m sarcastic, a planner, and completely awkward and uncomfortable in all social situations. Probably why I’ve never gone to any of my HS reunions. But, I’m also not optimistic. I’m a realist…at least that’s what I like to call it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m still a night owl too!