What if I had been born a man instead of a woman? What if I was tall instead of short? What if I had become a doctor instead of an artist? A linear thinker not a visual learner? What if I had grown-up with brothers instead of sisters? Or grown up a different race or in a different country? Would I have the same honor code? Would I have the same integrity line? Would I still feel that being centered, clear, and accountable was mandatory? The more questions I asked myself, the more intrigued I became with the idea of “Who am I without the story my family, friends, and I have woven?”
After several days of pondering, I finally came up with an answer—I would be the part of me that I refer to as my authentic self. Yes! I would still have the same honor code and integrity line. I would still feel it was important to walk through life as centered and as clear as possible. I would still feel it is important to be accountable for all of my actions and make restitution. I would still believe that everyone is good, has profound gifts to share with the world, and is capable of fulfilling his or her potential.
The funny twist to my story is that at one point early in my art career—when I was in my twenties—I signed my work “Just Me.” Now I am working on being Just Me.
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