"You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch.

Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.

You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. You personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.

If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.

Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.

Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.


  1. delrue-fox reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  2. killingmydarlingsinascarf reblogged this from bitsofbibbay
  3. morbidmechanics reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  4. thisisalunarsoul reblogged this from bridgettelizabeth
  5. rileyo reblogged this from theresurrectionshuffle
  6. cityofbrokenwings reblogged this from letsstoptime
  7. bitsofbibbay reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  8. hellojudithc reblogged this from salmonchantedevenings
  9. kelseyxxforever reblogged this from twerkforcats
  10. riverhills reblogged this from stellarwonderland
  11. thelittlefinehorizon reblogged this from toxides
  12. whatissweeter reblogged this from stellarwonderland
  13. gowillworld reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  14. rainydayrunner reblogged this from stellarwonderland
  15. kimbyfinds reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  16. muffintop reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  17. bluejayywayy reblogged this from drizzle-or-hurricane
  18. lindsay-draws reblogged this from weclimbtrees
  19. stellarwonderland reblogged this from bridgettelizabeth
  20. theresurrectionshuffle reblogged this from 1000reasonsnottostartmakingart
  21. drizzle-or-hurricane reblogged this from uneffervescent

Post Info