Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary."
to walk around in the streets.
This sounds so much better than “messing around”. Google and etymonline fail to provide an etymology, though. Ideas?
Looks like I lazily forgot to include the etymology. Vicambulate is a neologism combining the following Latin terms vīcus (street; quarter; row of houses village; hamlet) and ambulatus, a past participle of ambulō (to walk; travel).
often called mums or chrysanths; perennial flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae which are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. About 30 species have been described. Florists sometimes abbreviate the spelling to “xants”. They are used by humans for ornamental, culinary, insecticidal and environmental purposes.
The name “chrysanthemum” is derived from the Greek words, chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower).