Create Yourself

Three Days / Three Quotes Challenge

Day 3

I love this quote. It gives me hope whenever I slide into my depressive thinking. It goes something like this, “My abuse experiences/my depression has irrevocably warped me. I am a distorted version of what I once wished to be. I will never be whole/successful/able to see beyond my woundedness…”

And then this quote reminds me that I have choices. I don’t have choices about my past, that is true. And I didn’t have choices s a child. But now I do have choices. I can use the experiences I have had and the things I have learned and choose how I will use that as I go forward. I can make it into art. I can use it to create a more accepting and compassionate environment for others. I can take it and turn it into advocacy for change. I can decide that I am a person who overcomes obstacles, and use that as motivation when I face new challenges.

I know I won’t feel hopeful every day. I know some days I will roll my eyes at the mere idea that I could create something, much less myself. Some days I will feel powerless and hopeless.  Nevertheless…

The thought that I can create myself, even some of the time. opens up the world for me. It expands my horizons, makes me look beyond my current pain and realize I can be something more, something of my own choosing.

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Here’s the rules of the Three Days / Three Quotes Challenge that lettersnevermeanttobedelivered sent my way over the weekend (thank  you):

Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything.

On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the quotes.

Here are my nominees for day 3, three bloggers who are immensely creative. No obligation to respond to the challenge; just know you inspire me.

my spanglish familia

A Belated Existence

Trash Diaries

6 thoughts on “Create Yourself

  1. Bless you. 🙂 I will try to think of some inspiring material I can share. That really does make me wonder what particular phrases may have inspired me (I tend to think more in terms of whole works). I love the quote you have chosen here, by the way. 🙂 That immediately brings to mind a shorter phrase from a recent video game (Dragon Age Inquisition)…

    “Why change the past when you can own this day?”
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Zkun0tJc4)

    …which, in the context of the game, is a line from a pub song, of all things.

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  2. Yes! Each moment we really do get to decide what and how we are. It is freeing, when you can embrace the complete power we have over our lives. Obviously hard for people life us who endured a lot of trauma and have legitimate feelings of helplessness. But I find so much freedom in deciding how to talk to myself now, and in the actions I take and perceptions I choose to believe.

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