Hey there, before you start reading, place your hand on your chest and say this: I am not a product of my environment! (X3).
While growing up, I had friends who are seemingly notorious at that stage of life. They were, then, fearlessly unstoppable; goes anywhere, tries anything. They were on top of their world then, though, they still are but in a brand new way.
We all grew up in a system where there is every form of societal breakdown and every form of temptation to join the gang.
It wasn’t an easy one to think straight without going through one of the ‘headlined’ thoughts that are rampants; from smoking, ganging, hanging out and the least you can think of.
Thanks to our parents who fought tirelessly in the place of prayer and in the place of discipline. It really pruned us to being a better version of ourselves. This made us the sought after specie of human beings then.
Our dress sense and comportment did inspired a lot of kids then. To think of you are always looked upon each time you move across the street is something then.
Life happened. We all went separate ways. We began to live our lives the way it suits us and to the best of how we understood it. To the best of how we were taught.
Some continued in that pattern of life which their surrounding explained to them as the real deal to living a life while some, as a result of exposure, allowed their minds to be transformed to the a context of living a positive life.
Why am I telling you this?
The main reason why I am telling you this is one thing. Just one thing!
You are not a product of your environment!
Say this to your self on and on.
If you can make a record of it and keep listening to it for a day or two, you will see the magic.
Decide not to be limited by what is going on in your environment. Make that decision now! To break loose and soar with wisdom.
The growth of a seed is seemingly affected by the environment but it will never change to another seedling because of how bad it is. Rather, it fights its way to sun light and blossom to become what it is really made of.
Don’t give in to the excuse of being shaped by your environment. Yes, there is every tendency that you will eventually tip off but there is every sure way to shoot out of that area and blossom to the direction of the light.
Yes, the light!
The word of God is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Take the life of JESUS, our saviour as a case study. He came from Nazareth, the worst of all worst then. Even, one of JESUS’ disciples argued if anything ‘Good’ can come out of Nazereth.
Don’t believe the lies flying around that you are a product of your environment. No doubt, you may be influenced by what’s going on there but you will not be changed except you submit.
Thanks to @ralics for making this photo available freely on @unsplash 🎁