I learned skills, tactics and behaviors in order to survive childhood.
As children, everything is a matter of survival.
I liked getting gold stars and A’s in school.
I learned…follow instructions – get it right.
Once, I tried to stop a yelling match between family members. It didn’t work.
I learned…my voice doesn’t matter – don’t speak up.
At 6 years old, I started translating official forms, bills and phone calls.
I learned…my family’s survival depended on me – I must succeed.
Those learnings helped me reach adulthood, but they no longer serve me now.
What’s amazing is we all carry such learnings.