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Being the person I will be

Most of my worst moments come when I let 12-year-old or 18-year-old or 25-year-old Peter run the show. Some past pain or insecurity gets reactivated and I lash out. So for me, personal growth is often about allowing who I am today, not some old version of myself, call the shots. 

I wonder though: What would it be like to make decisions from the person I will be – a year or even a decade from now? With that added growth and perspective, what would I really care about? What could I let go of? What would not be worth my time?

When I ask, I find that I can actually sense that new version already there, waiting. And just by imagining him, I become him a little bit faster.

What does the older, wiser version of yourself have to tell you?

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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