Is it possible to change so much, that the person you were, essentially "dies"?
It would be convenient to be released from past transgressions by completing a personality suicide, or by saying "I'm sorry" to an all powerful god. But i don't think either really results in complete transformation. We may shed skins like a growing snake, but we are basically the same, no matter how many scales we shed.
I have received phone calls from people that i've had no contact with for almost a year. They assume my silence is over with the passing of January 1st. (January 15th is the actual day this endeavor officially ends.) Friends have expressed a desire to continue where we left off...
I remember texting many of these same people birthday greetings during the past year. Three of them responded to my attempted communication with the query, "Who is this?".
I know i'm still the same, but will anyone recognize me?