Do you think you need to drastically change in order to grow in the emotional sense?
No. The best changes happens over time. I think growth will stick if it’s gradual rather than drastic.
People have to have the desire to change and make different life choices. Emotional growth doesn’t happen overnight. If it did, it wouldn’t mean as much.
You have to take time to reflect on the how, when and why’s of why you need to make better choices. I’m not saying you need to take forever to reflect. Take some time every day to reflect. Meditate. Pray. Be open to making changes to make your life better. Write it down. Blog about it.
You may get thrown a curve ball that changes your life faster than we’d like. It still takes time to adjust and to learn how to deal with new circumstances.
Making better life choices is a good start to growing emotionally. When I was in college, I learned to not go out partying the night before an exam. Huge mistake. When I had a job, I learned to not go out partying, if I had to get up early. When I had children, I learned to not drink for long periods of time and to wear my contacts as much as possible. Kids love playing with glasses and breaking them. Lessons all learned the hard way.