I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. | Choosing your own adventure | Episode 86 

August 29, 2022

Hey friends, you’re listening to This Quote Changed My Life – a podcast about inspired action. My name is Tracey and I’m the host of the show! 

Thanks so much for joining me for episode 86 of the podcast – if you’re new here, hello! This is a podcast where I talk about quotes that have resonated with me and made me think differently, and then act differently. Words defiantly have a way to inspire us, but it’s that action we take (or don’t take) that matters. We have the opportunity to steer our lives in a way that we choose – which brings me to this week’s quote which is all about choice. 

The quote is – 

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. 

I love this quote – a few years back, I actually started to design posters with the phrase ‘Today, I choose’ and I might of even registered the domain name? I really believe in the power we all hold when it comes to our choices in life. Today, I choose was about owning that power and making the intentional effort to go after what we want. 

What I need to address first is yes, we are all going to experience things in our life that we don’t choose. Things that have happened to us, and will happen to us, that we would never have put our hand up for. Things we can’t predict and things we might not wish on anyone else. When I talk about choice being powerful, I also think these experiences that we don’t choose are powerful as well. They’re not to be ignored or be ashamed of. They shape us. They are a part of us, but at the same time they are not the WHOLE of us unless we let it consume us. 

We are the sum of all our parts, the good and the bad. The things we choose and the things that we don’t. It’s really important that we start to let go of our past so that we can look to the present and then go forward to create our future. 

I am not what happened to me. 

You are not what happened to you. Yes it happened, and it’s not to be forgotten. But is that where we want to stay? Is that where you want your energy to go? We cannot change the past, it made us who we are today but we are also many other things and have a lot more life to live. 

I am what I choose to become. 

You have a choice, every day that you are given is an opportunity to work on the things you want in your life. When we think of all the things that we can’t choose – like the weather, or how people respond to us, or accidents and emergencies, or we lose something or something – all those things are still going to happen, but we get to choose how we react to it and we can choose what we do next. What is the next best step? What can we do? What is *your* choice in this situation? Who will you become? 

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. 

I hope this quote reminds you of the power you have in creating your life – the life you want to live. Maybe unintentionally you don’t realise all the choices you’ve made so far in life, but what if you spent the next week practicing mindful decisions and mindful choices? Even if it’s small things like what you order for dinner, or where you go today. Choosing intentionally to become who you want to become. Make it a choose your own adventure kind of week – empower yourself every turn of the page and every step of the way. You get to choose. 

What do you think? 

Come and find me on Instagram under @makesunshineco and let me know what you thought of this week’s quote 

I hope it gives you something to not only think about, but to take some action on too. Steer your ship in the direction you choose, and I will speak to you again soon 


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