You may know that one of my current favourite forms of enjoyment is exploring my own family history. I write a blog called Ancestors Within to assist people who are exploring their own heritage, especially if that heritage has some interconnection with my own.
Through my genealogical research, even the female surnames in my family have been quite easy to
trace backwards using census and marriage records. I would find it much
harder to trace old friends from my youth. I lost touch with most of
them even before we found
I really have no desire at all to catch up with people merely because they once knew at least something about me. From past experience I know that I rarely enjoy the company of people who think they know me well from past acquaintance as most fail to understand me as I am now. Even when I was younger, I knew I had very little in common with most of the people who considered me to be their friend.
The basis of my sense of identity is whatever I happen to enjoy doing and being at any given moment. And my interests often change very rapidly!