Some things change, some things stay the same

Do you ever think about how much you’ve changed over the years? I do. Depending on the reference point in question and where I’m at in my life at that particular moment, sometimes I feel very much the same person I used to be … but of course other times I feel so very different. I can see these similarities and differences in major things like my values, friendships and life philosophy … but I can also see them in the smaller things like the way I wear my hair, what I eat, and my favourite colours.

I got to thinking about this when sorting through my jewellery box recently. Even in that small collection of objects I can see how much my taste has changed over the years (and that’s a very good thing too!) … but it’s also a comfort to know that some things never change.

One necklace old and new.

My little deer friend above is showcasing two prized possessions from my jewellery collection. The necklace on the left is my favourite childhood accessory, while the one on the right is a much more recent acquisition … I may have gone from gold to silver, from oval to circle, and from cat to birds; but at least my love of animals has been constant. And a good thing too – animals are wonderful!

Sometimes in looking back at yourself through a specific filter, I think you can learn a lot about who you are, what you like and how much you’ve changed (or not). Do you ever reflect on things like that?

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PS. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately – things have been super busy both at work and outside of it, so I haven’t had as much online time as I’d like to. I shall do my very best to catch up with all of your lovely comments and pay a visit to your virtual homes over the weekend. Be well, dear friends.

15 Comments

  1. Lucent Imagery

    Ooh yes, I’ve been doing a fair bit of that this year. Having just recently celebrated my 30th birthday I’ve been looking back on the past decade and looking at myself, my achievements, the changes etc. I’m working on a post on it but it’s still in drafting stage! I find it interesting when we look back on the subjects we enjoyed at high school too. Those topics that we enjoyed the most form the basis of what we enjoy as we get older, even if it’s not a direct correlation to that subject. Have a lovely friday dear! x

  2. Lucent Imagery

    Oh man. Why do I think it’s Friday??? Mmmmm.

  3. Selma

    Those necklaces are treasures. I really love them. I have a similar necklace with a botanical sketch in it and it is gorgeous. I’ve had it for about 25 years. Ofen I find I can gauge how I’ve changed according to my preferences for specific things. Sometimes we wax and wane with our affection for things but I’ve found that there are a lot of things I return to and have returned to recently like bracelets or necklaces. It’s as if they are constants who reinforce who we truly are.
    Lovely post!

  4. Erika Lee Sears

    I love the necklaces πŸ™‚ I have been wondering where you have been young lady.

  5. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    No need to say sorry for being quiet. Lovely jewelery and post. You mentioned colours, for over half my live my favourite was dark blue, now it’s autumn red. It almost reflects a transition I’ve been undergoing in recent years.

    Your blog posts really make me think. Hope the rest of your week is grand.

    All the best

    Andrew

  6. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    i’m BIG on change, on evolving, on growing as a person, so i’m very aware of how much i’ve changed over the years. through the filter of jewellery, i see a thread of continuity… always have loved silver.

  7. Valerie

    Oh yes, I know what you mean. I go through these phases of loving things, being obsessed with things and styles and hobbies. I’ve had my crafty phases. My obsessed with decor and cooking and health and organic phases. My thrift store shopping phases. My minimalist phases. But deep down, I’m still the dreamy, imaginative off-the wall soul I’ve always been.

  8. Gabrielle Bryden

    I don’t know what it is, but that deer brings back some childhood memories for me (I remember the felt coming off – must have had one like that when I was really little). Some parts of me have changed considerable since I was in my twenties (and thank God for that!). I am much wiser πŸ™‚ I have always love animals though.

  9. Jo

    How I’ve changed is something I think about often, especially since I’ve moved overseas and am playing housewife! I think it’s something you need to think about often- self-awareness is highly underrated!

  10. woolf

    see. i could never look at my changes through my jewellery, because i’m a great thrower out. so anything i ever possessed has gone astray, somehow. could also mean i never did possess anything of real value. which does say something about me, i suppose, but i’d rather not go into that. ha ha ha…. πŸ˜‰
    lovely necklaces you’re showing us. i might have kept those, if ever they’d been in my collection!
    nβ™₯

  11. Felicity

    I’m so impressed that you have treasures from your childhood to do this lovely comparison.
    We moved around quite a bit when I was younger and I’ve seemed to taken this pattern into my adult life – the consequence being that special things like your lovely gold necklace have long since gone by the by.
    I do like to do comparatives though and probably rely on photos to jog my memory.
    I hope your tabby cat still gets a chance to be worn, perhaps on a pin as a brooch.
    Here’s to a wonderful week ahead, with more calm and less busy,

    xx Felicity

  12. urban muser

    i love that you still have that necklace from your childhood. this is a beautiful, reflective post.

  13. Christine

    I love this mindful post. I haven’t thought much about it. I do now πŸ™‚

    Both your pendants are so beautiful πŸ™‚

    Busy is nice. Peacefulness is also nice. Hope you have a bit of both in the week to come πŸ™‚

  14. Lisa

    Hello Tracey – Hope you’re well? Interestingly enough in reference to your post, I just opened a September New Yorker to an article called: β€˜HOW TO BE GOOD.’ An Oxford philosopher thinks he can distill all morality into a formula. Is he right?

    β€œWhat makes me the same person throughout my life, and a different person from you? And what is the importance of these facts?
    I believe that most of us have false beliefs about our own nature, and our identity over time, and that, when we see the truth, we ought to change some of our beliefs about what we have reason to do.”

  15. chloe

    That deer is precious! Those necklaces are so pretty! I love the cat one!

    Xo Chloe.

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