I’m better off now than before, and that takes nothing away from before. Whatever I think I might have lost, or feel bitter about, is made up for with a deeper sense of purpose. I’m still essentially the same person, but I’m also more confident.
I write this for myself, but when someone reads it and likes it, I’m thrilled. I know I’m making connections in ways I can’t totally see. I’m not trying to be a good person, but rather I’m thinking about my principles, and living by them.
In my opinion, it’s better to be eclectic than eccentric. Part of my personal growth has been weeding out wayward eccentricities. Meanwhile, I’ve done my best to corral together an eclectic mix of ideas.