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The bumblebee is aerodynamically an impossibility for flight; its body is too heavy and its wing span too small. However, the bumblebee goes on flying without limitations.

Many of us defined ourselves by our jobs: “I am a carpenter”, I am a nurse”, “I am a teacher”, “I am a farmer”, and so on.

We may also define ourselves by our current roles in life: “I am a stay home mom or dad”, “I am a student”,” I am a mother or a father, or grandmother/grandfather”, “I am retired”, etc.

Other times, we define ourselves by our ethnic cultures, countries of origin, gender, religions, social or relationship status, or the groups we belong to: "I am a Canadian or I am Chinese”, "I am Christian or a Buddhist, I am Jewish or I am Moslem", "I am a Liberal or a Conservative";  "I am rich, or I am poor" "I am married, divorced, widow, single"...etc.

Who are you really ? Are you your political views, your ethnic origin, your religious believes, your social class, your current role in life?  Are you your current job?

In life, we may experience many roles, we may be born in one country and end up living in another, we may change “groups” or change our political or religious ideas, we may be rich or poor,we may be a son or a daughter and then become a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, and maybe many of those roles at once. We may also change jobs and careers more than once.

When we lose some of those roles, we feel lost, we mourn that “part of us that no longer is”. For example some of us may feel “empty” when children grow up and leave the nest. Our role as a caregiver is no longer relevant and we need to redefine ourselves.

Many of us may feel so identified with our jobs, that when we retire we feel lost, we go through a grieving period and we may find ourselves without a compass, without a purpose.

IF we change countries and cultures, we can also feel “uprooted” and we have to experience an adaptation process while we may feel like we don’t fit in, like we don’t belong, or like outsiders.

Every change in our lives brings us an opportunity to expand our understanding and our views, to grow and experience new things.

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A student graduates and suddenly a new life begins looking for a job and starting a new career with a whole different set of responsibilities.

As we go through the seasons in our lives and experience the different roles such children, siblings, parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents; each time we start new chapters in our stories.

However, some of us become limited by our own definitions and they become our own  limitations. We get stuck in a role and have difficulty letting go, or we we find it difficult to accept change.

We remain focused in the past and we want things to remain the same. We embellish  past memories and equate them to the “happy times”.

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However, change is an intrinsic part of life. Since we were babies, we have changed our bodies hundreds of times. We no longer fit into the toddler shoes, or the teenage clothes.

Our physical bodies are continually replacing dying cells with new cells, for example: white blood cells live for about a year while red blood cells live for about four months,  and skin cells live only about two or three weeks.

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Everything in nature is in constant change, even our own planet and the stars are moving and changing.

Let us then accept change as the adventure that life is and release our limitations whether they are self-imposed or whether we have been buying into others' opinions of what we are capable of achieving (such as parents, teachers, etc).

Let us float and flow through life's rivers, going through the rapids, surmounting the obstacles, over high mountains, in low valleys, as well as in the peaceful and quiet meanders through unknown forests. Let's enjoy the adventure of life, learning with each new experience while taking pleasure in contemplating the amazing scenery.

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