So who are you?

Soothsayer:” Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are. it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… So, who are you, Panda?”

As my husband and I sat curled up by a roaring fire (yes, I am rather a romantic!) watching Kung Fu Panda 2, I was thrilled at the plethora of comments about identity. In my work as coach and counsellor, and even as an image consultant, I regularly work with clients who don’t know who they are.

For some, like Po in the film, they have been brought up by an adopted family.  Others have come from abusive or traumatic backgrounds, enmeshed in family breakdowns or conflict. In the film, Po struggles with his own journey of self discovery, desperate to find out his origins, yet afraid of what he might unearth.  However, with courage, conviction and the support of his friends, he was able to push through the pain barrier and face the truth of what happened in his past.  Whilst difficult and distressing, he was able to accept the truth of the situation and then pass on this new found learning to Shen, the evil peacock saying

“You got to let go of the stuff from past – because it just doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.”

For me the past does matter but what matters more is who and what we become. In order to choose to move forwards, we need to let go of the past.  If we don’t, we get stuck between the two, like someone trying to hold the two ends of a tug of war rope. Imagine how difficult that would be, especially with Po and Tigress pulling against each other!

Like Po, we need to find the willingness and courage to move into an unknown future. It might feel scary at first, but it is one where we are free of the past and liberated to be whoever we choose to be.


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