The other day I asked him one of those semi loaded ‘get to know you’ questions. They are my favorite questions to ask; the ones that really make you think, and display something intimate about the way your mind works, and how you see the world. I asked “what defines you?” He responded “my choices define me, every choice I make gives me the opportunity to redefine who I am, who I want to be.” I thought that was a phenomenal answer. To not be defined by any one thing that could hold you stagnant, but be defined by the total sums of our choices, and then ultimately by our own lives..... Everyday we have the opportunity to make different choices than the ones we made the day before, to grow continuously into the best versions of ourselves by not limiting our own personal definition of “who I am” to one thing, one word, or one idea. To me, that displays a wisdom that far surpasses his years.
It also allows each person you interact with to develop their own sense of who you are, one that is constantly being either challenged by the new choices you make or reinforced by habitual choices you make. He then asked what I thought of him. So I was very honest, and said “if you are defined by the choices you make, then to me that means you are kind, and compassionate. You are playful and sweet. You are pensive and wise.”
The choices you make everyday show the world the person that you are and the person that you are becoming.
I think it’s an excellent reminder that the choices we make are ultimately ours, but also affect those around us.
Thank you for constantly making choices to include me in your life, to be compassionate, genuine, goofy and gentle. You simultaneously inspire me to be the best version of myself I can be, while letting me be exactly who I am.
I’m so thankful you are a part of my life 💛
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