"I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny"
I first heard this quote long before I was really truly ready to digest it. I was twelve years old, trying to join a club at school. At the time, I put this quote in the same bucket as all of the other cliches I had been fed as a child; "the sky's the limit" and "if you believe it, you can achieve it".
Don't get me wrong, these are great quotes. But there is something empowering about the quote by Nelson Mandela. Maybe it is the use of the word "captain". It tells me that I am in control of my future. What happens to me is a direct result of the decisions I make.
At this point in my life, I really found this quote helpful. As a wife and mother I have certain obligations. As an employee I have certain obligations. When I began this journey I was feeling trapped by my life and the obligations that come along with the roles that I have chosen. Now I have a very different perspective on my life. Yes, I still have obligations but this is the life I have made for myself. I love my husband and children so I also embrace the things that I have to do for them. I love certain aspects of my job so I also embrace the parts that are more like work.
The fact is that my life has not always been this way and it will not stay this way forever. I am in control of the changes I make in my life and I like that.