I am not my past. The past represents those things we have been through. It’s external. Yes, it may leave imprints. It may have changed me. But it’s not who I am deep down inside.
I am not my mental illness, anymore than someone with a physical illness is that illness. It’s the deepest parts of our soul that make us who we are.
I also have a dark side. We need both the shadow and the light. This shadow side doesn’t make me a bad person. It balances me.
I will always just be me. Whoever that may be. Day by day, I’m learning who “me” is.