“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu (604 BC – 531 BC)
We each have the life we have constructed through our choices. Our view of ourselves began with the views of our parents, relatives, teachers, neighbors and friends as we grew from babies to teens. We saw ourselves as we were reflected back from them. Probably they were right about some things and wrong about others. Beginning with this base, we added our own dreams and fears. Hopefully, we also added what we learned from our own life experiences. Presto! We each arrived at a view of who we are.
Life is ever changing. The person I was when I lived in my parents’ home is different from the person I am today. And, from the person I will be tomorrow. Being alive is a very dynamic process. We never, ever stay the same. And, yet, we sometimes live as though life is static – as though we never change.
I’ve met people over the years who honestly believed they were the same as when they were teens, or maybe a young person in college or in the young dating scene. Maybe some of us peak in our career years. Or, the years of active parenthood. You get the idea. Look around at others in your life. Who is desperately attempting to cling to their old self? Now, look in the mirror.
It is so exciting when we choose to live by becoming what we might be every day of our lives. No self imposed limitations. Go for it! Follow your bliss! What do you in your heart of hearts really truly want? Do that! No limits. No shoulds. No fences. No boundaries.