Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The You You Might Have Been

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” George Eliot

I love the quote above, but it is also one of those thoughts that can prompt stress and disbelief.

Who did you think you would become, and how distant are you from that ideal?

I believe the key is to understand the deeper values, beliefs, and emotions that form the core of who you wanted to be. When you were young, if you saw yourself as a giving person and believed that the you of the future would be a great philanthropist there is nothing stopping you from becoming a more giving person. Sit down right now and write a check to the Special Olympics and I promise the feeling of philanthropy will grow.

If you saw yourself as a great athlete, you can start walking, or jogging, or lifting, or participating in an adults sports league.

The Mike Collins I imagined was probably more conservative and he led a more linear life. I have made, and am still making, decisions that slowly but surely get me back to that ideal.

Don’t give up on the you you imagined. You can still get there. You might look a little different, but the core can be the same.

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