Day 3309 – Once Stretched, You Can Never Go Back

I’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. There are so many things that have changed, shifted, stopped, started, and been completely remade in me, it’s sometimes hard to even put into words the transformations. Sometimes I try, but I tend to forget an aspect or event that happened.

I just finished reading The Maui Millionaires by David Finkel & Diane Kennedy. One line really stuck out and I’ve been thinking about how it applies to my life.

And, of course, once stretched, you can never go back to the way you were before.

After you’ve had a drastic change in your life, it can be hard to explain things to others. You’re now looking at the world in a completely different way. Since I’ve been sober, I see things I never saw before like how the media (TV, movies, etc) talks about and treats alcoholics and alcohol use. Since my mindset on money, income, saving, and investing has changed, I look at things quite differently. Previously, I would pay off a car loan as fast as possible, but now, I see that what I would save by paying it off early, I can exponentially invest in our business and have a much better return.

There are so many things in my life that I can never go back to. There are things I can never see from a certain angle anymore. I can’t look at food the same way after watching some of the documentaries I’ve seen. I can’t look at myself the same way after the changes I’ve made.

But here’s the great part, while sometimes it can be hard to be so different than I have been, I wouldn’t go back for anything.

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