Actor Harvey Fierstein once said: “Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
Oftentimes, we move through life as if we had no agency. When bad things happen, it’s easy to become a victim of those circumstances and feel like you have no control. When we do that, we let shame, fear, or anger become the authors of our own story.
It becomes even harder if you struggle with mental illness, like depression or anxiety. Those things can feel so binding and make you feel so small.
When bad things happen, we are faced with a choice. Do we let those moments define us? Or do we rewrite our story?
We have much more agency than we realize, and friends, it all has to do with our mindset. We can’t always keep bad things from happening, but we can control how we respond to those things.
My guest today is Lori Gottlieb — one of the wisest women I have ever met. She’s someone who truly understands the value of writing your own story in life and writing it well.