Ted’s essays

you are

You are not the shoulders you stood upon to gain a better view.

You are not simply a product of those who laced their fingers together to give you a boost up.

You are not the certificate someone printed upon completion of their course.

While you cannot separate who you are from those parts of your history,

you are so much more.

You are all of those things,

everything you did with those pieces,

all you are capable of doing,

and all you will do.

Do not allow a limited portrayal to prescribe routes you must travel.

Do not shrink yourself to fit a small description.

Erase the lines that might define you.

Expand to fit a portraiture without borders.

Ted Dunlap – August 8, 2013