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and what i mean by that is… however i feel like saying it on any given day, the fact remains that our context is unavoidable. we live in our own little world, which is of course part of the bigger world, but it is absolutely impossible to remain entirely separate from the influences of others. those others being the ones that are a part of our world. we dont exist in a vaccuum, and being strong and independent really is only marginally related to how others affect us. and its relation in fact has to deal with more about how the affect us rather then the level of affect.
its a little funny to say, but if i were being honest, i would have to say that i can look back over the years and clearly see how the person i was at any given time was strongly influenced by the people that i was spending time with. it changed what was important to me, my priorities, how i related to other people (both within the group and outside of it), my confidence level, who i thought i was, where i was and the direction i was going, in addition to the supposed direction i wanted to be going. new situations brought me into new groups, and while i always believed that the situation is what created the change, more accurate would be to say that the situation changed the people and the people changed me. i struggle with my own negative connotations about allowing other people to change me, because somehow i am stuck on change like that being bad. change by myself is good. change with others or by others is unhealthy. maybe its more about perspective. i love how situation forces me to change, but is that really any different then saying, or admitting, how that situation is really just an opportunity for different context and it is that context that not only forces change, but influences that change, in a huge way. we cannot escape our worlds. and by world, i mean everything and anything in our life that makes up who we are. and it isnt just as simple as “us”.
to be continued…