365 Days in Aspen

See Yourself

break freehave-you-ever-wanted-to-meet-yourself-and-see-yourself-from-someone-elses-point-of-view-quote-1One of the amazing things about moving and starting over is the opportunity to see yourself through new eyes. The chance to "break free from your mold" as this incredible sculpture/statue suggests – no implores.  

Think of what this means. To get a fresh perspective – of yourself

Isn't that the magic of falling in love? To see the reflection of the best of yourself in someone else's eyes? 

Something similar happens when you start your life over in a new place and meet new friends. You can be the "you" you want to be. 

Yet have you noticed how difficult it can be to change? Not just because it can be a challenge to change your own habits, but also because other people want to keep you fitting into the box of expectation they're most comfortable with. 

Not that this is necessarily bad. There's a quote from one of my favorite movies, Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" that fits this sentiment. There's a kind of peace that comes with knowing someone so well. beforesunrise2

Still, you can get "stuck," which makes it difficult to change. And to me, change is another word for adventure. For excitement. For development. For growth. To steal a quote from the movie Annie Hall, "A relationship is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies." 

In a way, a "person" is the same. Maybe not move forward necessarily, but at least not be afraid to break the molds we've created.  

erosI'm a big fan of the Pathworks lectures, especially the one entitled, "Love, Eros and Sex." In fact, it inspired this quote in one of my DUET stories novels.  To read the Pathwork lecture, click here: Pathwork: The Forces of Love, Eros and Sex.  Here's a great quote from the lecture: 

Eros…lifts the soul out of sluggishness, out of mere contentment and vegetation.

It causes the soul to surge, to go out of itself….

To break free from the mold, right? 

I'm also a screenwriter and love movies and movie quotes, so I have a lot of my favorite movie quotes saved on my Pinterest page.  Check it out:  https://www.pinterest.com/brownelllandrum/brownells-favorite-movie-tv-quotes/

The Who's classic "See Me" was an inspiration for this article…

And the second part from the movie – such powerful lyrics.