Every seven years, every cell in your body completely replaces itself. That means that if you think about yourself from seven years ago, all of the cells you had then are gone. They’re constantly reproducing and replacing themselves.
You’re literally a different person than you were seven years ago!
For me, this was a freeing thought. Think of all the emotional baggage you can accumulate in seven years—your body doesn’t hang onto old cells from seven years ago. Are there things your mind is hanging onto that you don’t need to?
I like to think of the seven year cycle as a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual phenomenon. Seven years ago, I wasn’t the same person that I am today, and in seven years from now I won’t be who I am right now. This physical regeneration every seven years seems worth continuing mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
How many people think to themselves, “I don’t want to be the way I am anymore”? That’s okay. You aren’t going to be the way you are today in the future. It’s just a physical fact.
It’s amazing how tightly we can hold onto baggage—we hold onto unforgiveness, damaging self-talk, and insecurities. What would you say to yourself seven years ago? What advice do you think you’d have for yourself seven years from now?
In seven years, you have so much time for forgiveness, change, growth, and losing negative self-talk. Hopefully you will be a better professional, spouse, parent, and friend in seven years than you are now.
What you do with that time will let you look back and see how much you’ve grown seven years from now. What’s your seven year goal? You may need to make course corrections and adapt, but think about who you want to be and work toward it. You’ve got time.