As soon as I realized that I had already in my possession the ability and the right to decide what defined me. That betraying my own self only resulted in a maddening impulse to justify my actions, day after day. When I discovered I had the option of rising above words, opinions, circumstances instead of giving in, allowing them to envelop me, losing track of my identity -
That was when I stopped simply surviving, and began to thrive.
That was the moment I ceased to play the part of a victim in my own life.