In changing one's life course, people face treachery of transition and the chaos of discontinuity. As such we should find ways to relearn and recycle. It is important that we bridge the old and new realities. How we transfer aspects of former identity in to a new life that we are now "composing" plays a crucial role.
Problems often come back to us in a different guise. If we recognize a problem that we have solved before, we would have a high chance of solving similar problem in a new situation. By recognizing some analogy between old and new situations, we would be able to adjust to change.