We all have a shadow that follows us into adult. It’s the labels and ‘personality’ that we were given as children and teenagers. We could have been called the messy one, or the smart one, or the dumb one, or the athletic one, or the difficult one, or fill in the blank one. I wasn’t the smart one. That was it, I don’t recall having any other label, just not the smart one. Not necessarily the dumb one exactly, but not the smart one.
We internalize these labels because the people we trust give them to us, but really they can be a negative shadow that follow us into adulthood and affect our choices.
We can’t let our shadow(s) stop us from living the life we want. I am smart, and athletic, and difficult. I am a fabulous mix of many traits, one will not define me.