Don’t try to force him back to his old self. That man is dead for all intents and purposes. Lean into to his new self, learn from him, grow with him, and you too will reap the rewards that come when one finally uncovers who they really are, and begins living that life.
At first, it was scary. For him and me both. But as the years have marched on (it was in 2015), we’ve settled into this new person. Yes, it was rocky a bit along the way but it has been worth every step.