This is going to ramble a bit...
I was watching a youtube video, "Star Talk" with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Adam Savage, Matthew Liao, and Chuck Nice.
In the second segment, there was a discussion on uploading consciousness.
Every morning I wake up, and I'm me. I'm not somebody else. ... Maybe I'm not me, and I don't know it. Because in the act of becoming someone else, I am that other person. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
I think that what we think of as "growing" as an individual, could also be expressed as evolving, of becoming another person.
My identity, the person that I was in the past, is not the same person that I am today. It is possible to look at the former me, and the present me, and see the progression, the journey. But I would not want to be that person again.
The previous versions of me were not as empathetic or sympathetic. The previous versions of me were judgmental, viewing the world through a narrow lens that was only my own perspective.
The current me, and I hope the future me, will continue to try to see the world through the eyes and experiences of others. Just because it hasn't happened to me, just because I have not experienced it, does not mean that it has not, or will not, happen to someone else.