“Whose life are you living, yours or the one somebody prefers for you?” ~Vanita Oelschlager, Write with Me
By the time we reach middle age, we’ve established patterns, preferences, routines, and habits. We’ve made some difficult choices; traveled a few paths; tried a few different things. We want to believe we’ve ultimately crafted our own way of living — including the place we call home and how we choose our meals. In reality, each of us is a unique combination of influences — parents, siblings, partners, relatives, teachers, peers, and popular culture … just for starters.
Who are your strongest influences? Which ones suggested, or even dictated, the life you’re living now? ~CL