It's amazing to see how far you've come, when you look back.
Growth is almost imperceptible while it's occurring. We aren't usually aware of the minute or slight alterations of character, or changes in our person or habits, until later. But, we do see it, eventually.
That's one of the beautiful things about time. It reveals in the future what we can only strive towards in the present. Time carries us steadily and ever onward, with or without our consent, yet always forward. And along this journey we grow, with or without our consent, and often in spite of ourselves. That's a comforting reality.
But, growth can only be truly recognized through reflection. We cannot learn from what we do not seek to understand, and if we do not seek to understand, we shall never see the change inherent in ourselves.
We must reflect in order to see growth and we must seek growth in order to require reflection.
Yes, it's cyclical. But, so is much of life...