“I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people’s lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.”
Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series
“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.”
Your family does not define you. The names people call you do not define you. Your job does not define you. Your depression does not define you. You are not defined by the people who cannot love you.
You are free. You choose who you want to be, and what you want to do. It’s never too late to be the person you want to be or live the life you want to live. Pursue that and forget the rest.