Wearing a nametag didn’t make me into somebody new.
What it did was surface the kind person I already was. What it did was accelerate my growth into the person I was born to become.
And if I do a little research, it makes a lot of sense:
I’ve been creative, quirky and exceptional my whole life.
The nametag just gave me an outlet.
I’ve been a performer, an artist and a writer my whole life.
The nametag just gave me a canvas.
I’ve been a radical, a heretic and a leader my whole life.
The nametag just gave me a platform.
It’s weird. The older you get, the younger you feel. The older you get, the more you remind yourself of the person you’ve always been.
But I do think people change – when they want to. When they decide to. And when the pain of staying the same is greater than the cost to change.
Still, we are all more or less the same as we were. I think if each of us traced our identities back to the beginning, we’d find shocking similarities between the people we started as and the people we became.
Michelangelo used to say that the sculpture was already inside the stone.
Maybe that’s all life is: A chance to chip away.
It’s not a nametag – it’s a chisel.
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