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COLUMN: A lot can change in three years

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By Shannon Brock

Who were you three years ago? If the you from three years ago met your present-day self, would you know each other?

These sound like crazy questions, but they are precisely the questions being addressed in a novel I’m reading, titled “Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella.

(Kinsella is the author of the “Shopaholic” series. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” was made into a movie starring Isla Fisher in 2009. As usual, the books are better.)

“Remember Me?” is the story of 28-year-old Lexi Smart. The book opens with Lexi waking up in a hospital. We soon find out she’s been in a car accident, and the blow she took to her head has wiped out her memories for the past three years.

Lexi wakes up swearing she is 25 and that the year is 2004, even though the book is set in 2007. Her last memory is from a night spent out on the town with her friends in 2004. She was hailing a taxi and took a spill. This is the last thing she remembers, although she’s been awake and living life for the past three years.

Spoiler alert: At first Lexi is very impressed with her life — in the past three year’s she has been on a reality TV show, gotten married and been promoted to the director of the department where she was a lowly junior assistant sales manager in 2004. But Lexi soon finds out her current life is the furthest thing from what she remembers.

Her husband is a stranger (since she met him after 2004), she can’t remember how to do her job, her best friends from 2004 now regard her as something I won’t print in this column and she learns her marriage has been unhappy leading her to an affair with her husband’s co-worker.

I’m a little more than halfway through the book, so I don’t know how it ends. Granted, romantic-comedy chick-lit is made up of the same elements I love about romantic-comedy movies, so I could guess — but that’s not my point.

While reading, I can’t help but wonder how I would respond if I were in Lexi’s shoes. Yes, she’s a completely fictional character, but it’s an interesting concept.

Three years ago, I was 22, fresh out of college and getting ready to begin an internship at the State-Journal in Frankfort. I was dating the man who is currently my husband, but we’ve had our share of ups and downs since then. The majority of my friends are the same — I have unfortunately lost a few and very fortunately gained a few.

I think if I woke up tomorrow and couldn’t remember the last three years of my life, I would definitely be shocked about a few things. I would have missed my own wedding, weddings of many of my friends, changing jobs and learning the ins and outs of my current job. I would live in a different city and I would have to become an obsessive sports fan all over again.

But if the 2007 me were suddenly catapulted forward three years, after some adjusting, I think I’d be pretty content. One thing that jumps out at me is the stability of my life now. I’m much more stable in my job, in my relationships. I’m more mature and I would definitely say happier than I was then. And though I’m still indecisive about a lot of things, I know more about what I want in life.

What about you? Are you living a life a younger version of yourself would be proud of? If so, congratulations and continue doing so. If not, give it a go the next three years and see how it turns out.

Follow Shannon Brock at Twitter.com/ANewsSBrock.