“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
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One of the greatest psychologists, Carl Jung quoted, “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” This aphorism means that life is not just a consequence of random happenings, but it is the consequence of intended decisions. What does this imply? I see two points in this phrase. First, you must take full responsibility for your decisions. You are a collection of choices that you have made; you are the only person that can make your life better. You must decide something with proper consideration and responsibility not to ruin your life. For example, if you think you have bad body shape, this is the result of what you have chosen to do; such as eating too much or doing less exercise. Of course, there can be many other factors which lead you to those overbearing thoughts. If you don’t have any health problem, you would have many things to do to lose your eight and make your body in shape. If you are aware of this fact, you have to think about it more seriously and decide what choices to make. Before you implement your choices, you should consider the responsibilities of your actions. Therefore, you might choose to exercise more and eat less than doing nothing. Second, do not blame someone else for your misfortunes. Once you accept the fact that your life is a collection of your decisions, you will not blame others. Although there are many people who can make your life miserable, there is always something that could be done by yourself to avoid or mitigate dire situations. You can reflect on wrong actions inflicted by yourself and own the consequences you have made by learning from them. If there is anything I want you to take away from this article, it is this: take control of your circumstances and own up to your responsibilities. Otherwise, your actions and choices will always become who you are no matter the cost

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