I follow this blog regularly because I have always been into philosophy and this guy really gets my brain turning. Anyway.. I felt the urge to respond and this is what I had to say:
“While I was reading this the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley came to mind:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Loom but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Why this came to mind, I can only say this: that we can allow our past to shape who we are, or we can let it go and become the person we want to be tomorrow.
I suppose we can also embrace our selves of the past and hope for a better tomorrow. I think you really have to almost reset and reflect if you are going to delve into the past. If you forget to reset though, those past memories will just haunt you. After all, you aren’t the same person that you were yesterday.”
This post by Austin (his blog: The Return of the Modern Philosopher) really hit home for me. For years I have let people and events of my past hold me back from being myself. I have developed social anxiety spells just thinking about it! I have to remember I am not the same person I was of my past. Sure the events have changed me, but it’s my time to become who I am meant to be… I am an activist, a feminist, an artist, a musician, a teacher, a writer, a skater, a snowboarder, a camper… but most important, I am the mother of a wonderful boy. It doesn’t really matter what I have or haven’t done as long as I continue to move forward, thrive, just by being me.