“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.”
These are the words with which psychologist Dan Gilbert closes his 7 minutes TED talk “The psychology of your future self“.
In his research, Gilbert asked people “how much your life has changed for them in the last ten years?” and then, to people ten years younger, “how much do you think your life will change in the next ten year?“
He discovered that people vastly underestimated how much change they would experience over the next ten years. He calls this the “end of history illusion”. The idea that we are where we need to be so there won’t be so many changes in the future.
Ten years ago, I would never expect to go through so many changes. Yet, here I am. And I honestly struggle to imagine how the next ten years can bring as much change in my life as the past ten.
But you know what?
I love surprises!