“Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.” ~Barbara Geraci
While it can be helpful to be aware of how our past may have influenced us, we do ourselves a disservice when we allow those circumstances to limit us. We alone are responsible for the people we become, and it is up to us to choose who that will be. Change is always possible.
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“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? …We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” ~Diane Ackerman
I’ve found this to be so true in my life. So many old versions of myself have died off along the way as I continually shape-shift into new, reinvented versions of myself. The more I embrace this truth, the easier those transformations become.
“The Journey isn’t about becoming another person, but loving who you are right now.” ~Suzanne Heyn
We spend so much time and energy trying (unsuccessfully) to become someone else—some version of ourselves that we imagine to be “better”—when what we really need to be doing is learning to love ourselves just as we are.