You are not defined by the way other people think about you, their opinions or their actions towards you. You are not defined by your parents. You are not defined by your friends, family or any other people you come in contact with. I know, you are shaped and influenced by these, but your basic definition comes from the person YOU ARE, the decisions YOU MAKE and the actions YOU TAKE.
This all goes back to RESPONSIBILITY. You cannot blame others for the fact that you are a lost person, a drug addict, a convict OR a mission worker, preacher, teacher or president of some governing body. You are YOU, because YOU took the path that YOU took. That is it! What will you choose? Will you choose to follow the example of your alcoholic father? Will you choose to be like your favorite teacher? Will you help others or only help yourself? You choose.
Look to the POSITIVE leaders in your life, build on YOUR strengths and choose a path that will make YOUR life YOURS.
YOU are YOU because of YOU.
Personally, I believe in putting life in perspective like this: GOD, Family, friends then me. And in all I do, I do my best to LOVE.
My wish for you…LOVE. (Jesus is love.)