I've had some fantastic conversations lately with my best friends, new friends, old friends whom I haven't been able to catch up with for quite some time, acquaintances, and strangers. They all revolve around a common subject: change.
As I near my 30th birthday, I think about how much I've changed over the past year, 3 years, and 5 years. I've absolutely gone through the most dramatic growing periods of my life, and what's exciting is that I'm fully aware that I'm going through a deeper change at this moment.
My goal is to always strive to be a good person, simple as that - but life tosses you carelessly into challenging situations where you end up living with somebody who doesn't understand you, or you work for somebody who doesn't respect you, or you fall for somebody who has every intention of hurting you. Life is an infinite test of your character, no matter your age, lifestyle, relationship status, financial situation, political opinion, emotional baggage, professional history, etc.
We're all just doing the best we can, and we're all constantly changing.