I took a writing workshop last weekend, and there was so much to it that it will take me a while to work through it all. One of the big take-home messages, though, was to be willing and open to fundamental revision. Not to get too attached to our words too soon. Not to think of revision as just polishing the draft we've already got down.
Everything is subject to change.
I was in my mid-twenties and making some life changes, I reached the
point where I was willing to question everything I thought I knew about
myself: what I wanted out of life, what I was good at, what was best for
me. I let go of assumptions and began to build back from the ground up.
In some areas, I found that I wanted what I had always thought I
wanted. Certain strengths and weaknesses were exactly where I had
originally assumed them to be. But in other matters, I went in new
directions. I tried new things, and they worked. I let go of other
things and never missed them.
Change doesn't mean that what has
come before was a waste of time, even if we spin 180 degrees in the
other direction. It can be so hard to drop the baggage, but we are
lighter without it.