“We become an adult when we step into who we really are. We don’t become perfect or mature, no do we solve all the problems of the planet – not to mention all the problems of our personal life, habits, characteristics, and relationships on this earth. Even when we step into adulthood, we carry our faults and flaws and foibles like coats we’ve brought along in case of cold weather.
But we do shed one suit of clothing we’ve been wearing for a long time. Not the innocence of childhood. Not the energy of youth. But the suit of clothing that others have made for us and that we have willingly donned for so many years – the shirt and pants of other people’s expectations, other people’s desires for us, other people’s demands…In every person’s life there comes a time when these outfits no longer fit. What our parents want for us. What our relationship wants for us. What society wants.
We must walk into the desert, take off all these suits of expectations, and step into who we really are.”
Sara Wiseman, in “Living a Life of Gratitude”
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