Is it possible to change without trauma? Yes, if you change before you have to. Change while you still can. Rehearse alternative futures. Entropy increases over time, especially when we seek the comfort of the familiar above all else. Then one day you discover that we can no longer escape the gravitational field of your own mental models; the legacy of an unexamined life. Even “relative success” corrupts if it becomes evidence that we are on the mark when we are not! How do we protect ourselves against denial? Question everything you take as a given and never quiet your curiosity about your true self.