All is in the course of change; and you yourself are constantly changing and, in a sense, passing away; and so too is the entire universe. – Marcus Aurelius, from the book Meditations, IX. 19

What does that mean?
The sad thing about the quote is that it is absent of context. It exists in Meditations as just that single line. To me, it means many things, but deals mostly with the certainty of change. The quote starts by reminding us that everything is always changing.

The quote continues by reminding us that we are part of everything, that we are changing. Each day we find new experiences, new ideas, and new opportunities availing us. We learn, we try, we succeed, we fail, and we adapt.

And in this change, the person we used to be dies just a little. Like old hair or old skin cells die and fall…

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