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ZoeReverie: Becoming a new person every 7 years

ZoeReverie posts tell of the author’s contemplations about life, and are often written to inspire herself. How narcissistic. Lol.

Have you heard about the saying that goes, “Every 7 years we become new people, because in 7 years, every cell in our body has been replaced by a new cell.”? At first it does make sense, which is why there is the 7-year itch for couples, or the 7-year cycle of life – in which ages 7, 14, 21, 28.. and so on.. are markers of important stages of life.

Well, as a matter of fact, some cells in the body like the neurons in the cerebral cortex are never replaced when they die, so off goes the rumour out of the window. BUT, for the rest of the body, it is true that most cells are replaced regularly by new cells, though not all at the same pace. So we really do get a largely new body every 7-10 years!

Why is this important to me?

Because I want to believe that people can change. For the better.

Every cell in our body vibrates with energy. We are made of energy, a life-force, that interacts with ourselves and our surroundings. Our moods – positivity or negativity – affects the way our cells behave. Have you seen this excerpt from Roald Dahl’s book? It resonates with and motivates me so much (because honestly, I want to look good when I’m seventy. Haha) But not only that, it conveys hope that people can lift themselves up.  If you’re in a bad place now, you can consciously make the switch to positivity, and change for the better, literally.


Credits: Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’

I am not the same person as I was 7 years ago. During this period of time, I grew. I really grew up. I now realised that my view of the world when I was 21 was so muddled, obscured by years of growing up under fear, intimidation, and bullying in the household. It was a difficult journey. I recall evenings spent in the car, with Hammy trying to explain in exasperation to me the ways of right and wrong. That what was being done to me was wrong, and it is not what a healthy family with proper parents would be like. It took me very long to finally see the truth.. and accept the situation. First step to overcoming a problem is to acknowledge the existence of it, and then, taking steps to heal and re-build the self. I discarded preconceived notions from my childhood and growing up years, entered a period where I was completely lost, and then started developing my own values and perspective.

I read lots of self-help and motivational books. Hammy and I engaged in lots of deep conversations about the world, events and people behaviour etc.. I felt my views opening up on a lot of things. I met with a lot of obstacles in the course of managing Beary Naise, and learned from the lessons. All these personal growth I wouldn’t have achieved if I had just gotten a job and settled into comfortable life. I think I would be more thinking about where to go for the next holiday, or the next pair of shoes to get!

I am happy where I am (although I wish I could have gotten here earlier), and I know in 7 years I will be a much better person than who I am now. There’s no other path (I’m definitely not allowing myself to go downwards!).

I sincerely wish the same for you too.

The question: In 7 years’ time, will you become a better person… or worse?

Are you engaging in more positive activities like sports, deep conversations, helping people, smiling more, being more forgiving.. or mindless stuff like gossiping, making petty comments, getting phone/computer addiction, losing the human interaction etc…?

What do you think? :)


On a side note: Hammy and I are in our 7th year now, and our relationship is stronger than ever. :) Let’s hope it will be the same when the next ‘7-year itch’ arrives!! Lol.Untitled-1

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