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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

imagesUH1MC35II don’t think Emerson is talking about career choice.

And I don’t think he means that you decide to be a rich person and drum roll please… you become one, for example.

I don’t even think it’s as simple as deciding you will be kind, or patient, or brave, or adventurous, or generous, or peaceful, or loyal, or even what you will look like; although making up your mind to be so can play a role in who you are.

But wanting to be any of the above, or any other way of being, is not enough.

You can’t simply wish for courage and be granted your wish. You must decide to act with courage when confronted with fear.

You become the person you’re destined to be based on all the decisions you make, or don’t make, along the way through the joys and struggles life sends your way.


None of us can be all things. But who we are individually is beautiful and together with who everyone else is, perhaps, encompasses all things.