who have you decided to be?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


It’s hard to look back on how many years I spent living my life for other people.  I made my mistakes, yes, but I focused so much energy on pleasing the people around me that I often got lost in the mix.

The choices I made about what to study, where to live, and what to do with my time.

The paths I didn’t take or interests I didn’t pursue.  Things that I genuinely loved but other people thought were flighty or insubstantial, so I let them go.

I finally understand what people mean when they say reaching middle age brings freedom, a solid sense that my choices are my own and that only I’m responsible for the path I take.  My decisions.  My life.  The person I’m meant to be.

Yes, my forties are definitely a change for the better.


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