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Your Beginning Doesn't Determine the End of Your Story

Updated: Feb 25, 2023



My baby brother gifted me a plaque several years ago with this quote. The background image was the place we had grown up. It was a lush tropical background with a humble wooden home. It was the house where we grew up in Puerto Rico. A place where many memories were created, both good and bad. It was a place where I was keenly aware of all that we didn't have. I keep this plaque on my desk. It serves as a daily reminder of just how far we've come.

Growing up, I was taught that success was all about hard work and determination. And for the most part, that's true. But for many of us, the story starts long before we even have the chance to work hard and determine our paths. Our beginning, the circumstances of our birth and upbringing, can often dictate the trajectory of our lives.

I was born into a family that struggled to make ends meet. We didn't have expendable resources, and I remember my mom having to be mindful of every penny spent. Growing up, I never had the luxury of simply buying what I wanted or going on vacations. And it wasn't just the lack of material possessions that made me feel different; it was the weight of my family's struggles and the constant reminders that we didn't have as much as others.

But as I got older, I realized that our beginning doesn't have to determine our story. Sure, growing up poor made me more sensible and practical in my life's choices, but it also gave me a unique perspective and a drive to succeed. I learned to be resourceful and value the things that truly matter, like relationships and personal growth. I learned to be entrepreneurial before the age of 10!

And while it's true that financial insecurity can lead to emotional safety and security, it's important to remember that money can't buy happiness. In fact, it's often the fear of not having enough money that holds us back from taking risks and pursuing our passions. My fear of taking risks has kept me anchored for so long. It has been a limiting belief that I'm steadily working at dismantling.

So, to all of you who feel like your beginning has determined your story, I say this: it's never too late to rewrite your narrative. Embrace your vulnerabilities, take risks, and chase your dreams. You never know where they may take you. And even if you fall short, at least you'll be satisfied knowing that you tried. You won't live with the regret of not having taken a step in the direction of your dreams!

And remember, a little self-deprecating humor never hurt anyone, either. After all, laughter is the best medicine (unless you have a cold, then you should probably rub some Vicks Vapo Rub on your chest). If you are Latino, you will absolutely get this reference!

In conclusion, our beginning may shape our lives in many ways, but it doesn't have to dictate our future. Embrace your struggles, value what truly matters, and never stop chasing your dreams. You got this!


Love,


Viv




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