Post # 1
Personally I have been on a roller coaster! I was just curious to see if you bees have changed as much as I have!
At 16… Just got my car!
At 20… 8 months pregnant. This is the REALLY scary one! I don’t even look like the same person!
and at 23 with my hubby
Post # 3
OMG yes I have changed a lot I’m still very outgoing and engeretic. But I’m a little less goofy now at the ripe old age of 23 1/2 years.
I think I know a lot more now and my opinions on so many things have changed. I use to be very sheltered and close minded on a variety of subjects but now I’m more open and want some much more out of life than I use to have.
I’m slowly following my dreams *wonderful supportive FI helps* I hope your life too is going in a great direction!
Post # 4
Physically, not at all – I mean I could still wear the same clothes I had back then if I still had them, and it’s been over 10 years.
The biggest change is I’m more confident now. I completely assume the fact that I’m a geek and I even think it’s cool. I have a wonderful husband who is very similar to me so I don’t have to pretend I’m someone else to please people around me, like a silly, uneasy teenager. I love growing up!
Post # 5
I haven’t changed much physically except I have a little more weight on me. I think I grew into my face a little too, hard to explain though.
Personality wise, I am so much more confident and outspoken now!
Post # 6
I’ve changed a lot since I was 16. =]
Post # 7
I was kind of quiet in high school, not confident at all. Me and my two friends kind of stuck to each other- I never even had a boyfriend! Then in college I discovered alcohol and went party crazy; I was an alcoholic and a bit of a slut. Then I graduated, moved to Japan, met my husband, and I’ve calmed waaaaay down.
The main difference is I’m a lot stronger now. I was very sheltered and naive in high school, but it’s been a crazy ride since then and I’m a lot more inedependent and less whiny because of the experiences I’ve had!
Post # 8
Physically, not really. I mean, I spend a little more on my hair cut/dye and to get my eyebrows done, but my height/weight are the same from my senior year. However, I’ve definitely changed beyond that! I had little to no confidence in high school, and that’s really changed. I was afraid to speak up or argue with something I didn’t agree with and for some reason I always assumed everyone thought I was fat/ugly/stupid.
Post # 9
My brother and I were talking about this today actually.
Even in just the two years since I graduated I have changed quite a bit. While yes, I dated with relative seriousness in high school, obviously I have a different mindset now (I also am more conscious about problems in relationships.) I’m more gregarious and outgoing. I am also more girly- my brother was shocked when I wore a skirt several times over last summer- and I actually do something with my hair other than a ponytail (occasionally). I’ve changed my career path a bit and made a more definite outline for my schooling and career. I am certainly more willing to talk through problems and have come to terms with the fact that I have a more instructional/leader personality.
Post # 10
Well, in high school I was bald (or pixie cutted!), very VERY abrasively blunt when it came to things like truth, logic, or just plain dumb sh*t. Tomboy. Thought of love and romance as lies and subversion. I was ridiculously angry, wild, an insomniac, super fit, anorexic, an *atheist* who would spout dead baby jokes like mad, and all kinds of other messed up.
Now, I have reconciled a lot of my anger & emotional issues, and am a surprisingly content (if not pragmatic) person. I have also learned to filter what I think to what I say, I am more concerned now with being non-confrontational or hurtful than speaking my mind. I have long hair. I made it through an eating disorder, and now love food. I am more *spiritual* than I ever have been in my life. I am lazier, nap more and forget to exercise more than ever. I am more feminine, balanced, level headed & fulfilled then I ever thought I would be.
Change is inevitable, growth is optional 🙂
Post # 11
I’m SO different than I was in HS. I mean, physically, I’m much different, too. I was a nerd in HS and could have cared less about my physical appearance. I didn’t start wearing make-up until college! Now I’m really into all that stuff 🙂
Overall, I think I’m much more outgoing (even though I’m still pretty much an introvert), and I have a LOT more self-confidence than I used to. I also have a more broad perspective on life and don’t judge others’ actions as much (I was pretty judgy in HS).
Post # 12
I’ve changed a lot from HS, from college, from my crazy early-20s… I’ve gone through a couple of different phases in my life, lol! From HS, though, I’m more confident, less sarcastic, and less angsty for sure. I kind of hated myself at that age, and was very uncertain of who I was. Physically, I’m actually smaller than I was then by a few sizes, which I’m sure helped with the confidence issue. 🙂
Post # 13
I have my 10 year reunion coming up (the weekend before my wedding actually!), so I’ve been thinking about this a lot. People always thought I was shy in high school, and I was a little, but more, I was just quiet – which is totally different from being shy, but is also lost on most people. I still am pretty quiet.
I am MUCH more confident now and much more comfortable in my own skin. I never had a boyfriend in high school, and right after hooked up with a couple of guys who were verbally abusive and controlling. I also hooked up with a few other guys who I just didn’t have anything in common with – either I thought I could change them, or change myself – I’m not really sure. Now (and for like 6-7 years now), I’ve grown to know what I want, and to not be afraid to ask for it, or stand up for it.
I’m much wittier than I was in high school, and have a darker sense of humor. I think I had it then, but rarely shared it. Physically, I’m the same size – but take better care of myself than I did then – but overall, I think I pretty much look the same.
Post # 14
physically, i’m pretty much the same, same weight, just carry it a lot better than i did in hs LOL
in all other aspects, id like to believe that i am much more mature, educated, confident, wiser, etc. all those things that come with 8+ years time…
my personality hasn’t changed much (outside of maturing), i grew out of my quiet, shy self in middle school…
on the down side, i think i’m much more cynical and sarcastic and jaded about life than i was back in hs… guess that’s what happens after you live life a lil bit? 😛
Post # 15
When I was in high school, I gave up all my friends for a very good-looking guy (who was a loser). We dated for almost 5 years (most of high school and a year or so of college). Before college, I would have seriously bet my life that we would get married! I hated high school, and was definitely the “too cool for school” type.
I think I became more “wordly” in college… got a better understanding of what is out there… and what I needed in life intellectually and spiritually… I think I really got to know myself a lot better and became more comfortable in my own skin.
Since my early 20s I have also changed a lot… especially with regard to relationships. In my early 20s I didn’t think I wanted to get married and I definitely didn’t want kids. I also started dating people who I was more compatible with, instead of looking for that fiery physical connection… I think it was around this time I got realistic about relationships and stopped “romanticizing” if that makes sense.
Post # 16
The most important changes we make are definitely not the physical ones… it is the way we grow and learn to be more comfortable with ourselves. High schools seems to be the most awkward time in every girls life and I am so glad I have finally learned to just be myself, and even more happy that I have found someone who loves me for just being Jamie.
Or as my dad puts it “I’m so happy you found a guy who can put up with you” lol.