“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” –Epictetus
Creation brings destruction. It is unavoidable.
Wherever there is creation there is an equal aspect of destruction. It's not always obvious, but it's always there. Like the law of conservation of energy it cannot be broken.
When you paint a painting, the canvas is spoiled, the paints are used up, and the brush is dirtied. Destruction.
When an invention is conceived and implemented previous solutions become obsolete. When you grow as a person, an aspect of you, the old you, the you that you no longer want to be, is destroyed a little.
Destruction isn't bad. It is creation.
To grow you need to be be comfortable being uncomfortable.
I feel myself eroding away day after day. Chip. Chip. Chip.
Like clay, we come into the world, impressionable as hell, and then get molded and sculpted throughout life. Proximity, instruction, observation, and a myriad of influences all shape us. Some of these are self-directed and others are never seen.
However as we grow up we gain agency to act.
We can have more control over how we want to live and who we want to be. Letting go of who you are can be painful, but that loss is the only way that you can become something greater. A caterpillar dies so the butterfly may be born.
Try to cling a little less. To your persona, your ego, your identity, your ideas.
Let go so that you may be free.