Monday, February 17, 2014

Defining Oneself

It is never easy, for any of us, to realize we can define ourselves, and then do it, because we all arrive at adulthood encased in layers of Other People's Expectations and we swim in a constant sea of OPEs. It's far easier to just go with the flow, no matter how miserable it makes us. It took me decades to claw my way out of all the OPEs I'd internalized and accept myself for what I was and always would be, what I wasn't and never would be, and what I could and couldn't do about it all. The end result might not appeal to other people, but it works for me, and that's what matters.

Defining oneself photo a8b25ec9-e393-468f-b32e-e115e5c6972c_zpseffd8c83.jpg Words by Jim Wright/Stonekettle Station; artwork by Rynko Brown.

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