I was watching the Smurfs movie with my daughter and one of the smurfs said something that stuck out to me. The smurf said “it doesn’t matter where you come from all that matters is who you become.” I started thinking. What if you could become what society says that you shouldn’t be? That quote is powerful because a lot of people don’t believe in themselves.
I have a family member right now that is going through a difficult time and when I talk to him he always talks about his regrets. I let him talk because sometimes people need to vent. After he finish talking I tell him to stop worrying about his past, keep striving forward, and keep his eyes on where he want to be, not where he’s been. He has a job and he is trying to get financially stable. I see his progress but he has to focus on moving forward, that’s the only way he will not become a victim to his past.
The smurf in the movie was different she was a bad smurf and she didn’t think she would be accepted by the other smurfs. So when the smurf in the movie tells her that it doesn’t matter who she was all that matters is who she becomes that’s when she started to believe in herself. This is something that I struggled with. I use to be afraid of helping people because I felt that they would look at my past and think that I wasn’t experienced enough to help them. I thought I wasn’t good enough and there were so many thoughts that was holding me back but I had to tell myself my past does not define me.
So many people struggle with wanting to be accepted but their past has trapped them into believing that they are not good enough. I want you to know that it doesn’t matter what you did in life, no one gets to define who you are, only you do. You are not your past. There are so many stories written about people who grew up poor and became successful all because they decide to not let society define who they are. Oprah, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, and Maya Angelou are among the many people that decided to become who they wanted to be. If they let where they came from define who they would be than they would not be the successful people that they are today.
So remember today you can be anything you want to be. It takes hard work, determination, and resilience. There’s going to be days when you feel like giving up but don’t give up on your goals. The moment you give up, only disappoints yourself. It doesn’t matter where you come from all that matters is who you become. Ask yourself today who do you really want to become?
“Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”-Bruce Lee