The person you are right now isn’t permanent. You’ll realize mistakes you’ve made later, and regret them. I always kept repeating that cycle: layering fleeting happiness over self-loathing, over and over again. But every time, I think I was still moving forward. Listen, Shinji-kun. Go pilot Eva once more. Ask yourself while you’re piloting: why did you come here? Why are you here now? Find out the answer for yourself right now. And when you’ve settled that, then come back, no matter what. Promise me.