Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blank Slate

Becoming a parent for the first time is a humbling experience to say the least. There is no amount of advice that will prepare you for how you will handle your new role. We are all different and we all deal with it in our own ways.

Shortly after my son was born I began to realize the true meaning of the word "dependent." Fresh out of the oven babies can't do much more than breathe on their own and it's up to Mom and Dad to keep them alive.

Hello responsibility!!!

Going through this process made me realize how thankful I was for my parents nurturing me through the early years of my life as I learned to walk, talk, eat on my own, and become independent. We are all blank slates when we start out life and it is throughout this journey towards independence that we build the outline of who we are and start filling in the blanks.

Ever think about how we build our outline and what influences it? Let me give you a hint: it probably wasn't your pre-teenage self...

As I mentioned up top, a HUGE influence on our early years is our parents. Indirectly, it may be things our parents read about the "right" way to raise us that were written by the experts...

As we grow a little more it becomes our siblings, peers, teachers, coaches, marketers, idols, etc. The list goes on an on... But for the majority of our pre-employment years we are shaped and formed by various influencers.

Being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma made me reflect on where I was in life and if the path I was on was the right one for me. In short order I realized I let these influencers play too big a role in my life and as a result I was on a path created and shaped primarily by others and not my core values.

Welcome to the Social You.

I am in the process of assessing my life accent to where I am and reconciling this with my core values. I have never been more confident that once I begin my transition towards my True You I will lift my life and achieve more fulfillment than I ever thought possible.

Life is an amazing journey and it should be you leading the charge.

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