“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.”
-Mewtwo (Takeshi Shudo, writer)
The gift of life is an opportunity to to be the hero of your own story who helps the world become a better place. Your origin story is extraneous to your success and happiness. Your actions taken are what define you.
We are all born with a different set of cards from the next person. Even though some people start at a disadvantage, they still have the capacity to change the world forever. Les Brown is a motivational speaker who was born in an abandoned building and labeled as mentally retarded growing up. Despite this, he still went on to become a multi-million dollar speaker.
Though hell and high waters humanity has proven themselves time and time again. We combat all sorts of adversities as a species and become stronger because of it. It is only natural for the individual to be no different. No matter how terrible of a person we may believe we are, there is ALWAYS the ability to change who you are.
Even just by examining my story I know my past does not dictate my future. My mother and I started off living in the projects then we eventually moved to a better neighborhood. I was still exposed to things like racism, fist-fights, theft, economic struggles and I even ran away from home several times growing up. I could blame my short comings on the fact that I started off living in a single parent home or that I was an African American male but I did not. The fact of the matter is, life is what you make it, period.
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