Not Done Upgrading

I love this:

After all, the person who emerges from quarantine doesn’t have to be the same old you. Scientists say that people can change their personalities well into adulthood. And what better time for transformation than now, when no one has seen you for a year, and might have forgotten what you were like in the first place?

It was long thought that people just are a certain way, and they’ll remain that way forever. The Greek physician Hippocrates believed that people’s personalities were governed by the amounts of phlegm, blood, black bile and yellow bile that flowed through their bodies.

Modern science, of course, has long since discarded notions of bile and humors. And now, it appears the idea that our personalities are immutable is also not quite true. Researchers have found that adults can change the five traits that make up personality — extroversion, openness to experience, emotional stability, agreeableness and conscientiousness — within just a few months. Much as in Dr. Steffel’s case, the traits are connected, so changing one might lead to changes in another.

via NYT

It’s kind of neat to think that it’s entirely okay to (re)emerge from 2020 and be someone entirely different; like, crazy-different if you want.

Remember: There are no rules around these types of things.

I’ve dramatically changed over the last 18 months and I like many of the “upgrades” while others have had large tradeoffs that I’ve had to pay — some more costly than others.

And I’m not done upgrading.