Think back through your life. At the age of 16 you were not the same person as you were when you were six. Nor were you the same at 16 as you were (or will be) at 26, 36, or 66 — though something about us stays the same.
Throughout our lives, in different ways, at different rates, we are always changing. We are not simply human beings, we are human becomings.
The person we try to become, the lives we try to lead, and the degree to which we are helped or held back from doing so, are all influenced by the times we happen to have been born into and the cultures of the people around us. If you had been born into a different century, a different country, or even a different family, you would see the world differently from the way you do now. And beneath all that is something different, the essence of who you are.
We are not just human beings, we are human becomings.
Adapted from Inner Leadership.