Are humans capable of real and lasting change? Or are our basic personalities indeed set early in life? I understand the concept of neuroplasticity, but I'm really beginning to wonder whether we just learn new compensations for survival, rather than undo old patterns and create new ones.
As I look through the Rubbermaid archives, I see a version of myself asking the same fundamental questions I ask now; dealing with the same fundamental fears; having the same basic struggles; and displaying the same basic goodness. It's encouraging to know that at my core I am the same loving person I've always been. But disheartening to know that at my core, I'm still struggling with the same issues I've always struggled with. And I wonder if this is just the human condition. Maybe there are only a few basic themes common to mankind; a few basic needs, a few basic questions that we all enter this life with and try to sort out while we're here. I don't know. I just feel like I'm swimming upstream all the time. Does everyone feel like this?