It seems fitting that I should follow up a post on LOST with one from Once Upon a Time. I love the symbolism in Once Upon a Time and discussed how it reflects life and the world here. My favorite episode that relates to a person's life journey was "Lost Girl" from season 3. Peter Pan had given Emma a map, but the only way she could read it was to accept herself, all of herself, especially the parts she denied. She spent most of the episode asking, "Who am I really?" When she finally admitted that which she denied, that in the foster system she "felt like a lost little girl who didn't matter, and never would," she saw the map transform and she could read it. Getting the key to the map was crucial for her to use it not only as she intended (to find her son Henry) but also in finally accepting her past and being able to move beyond it to her new life. This is so true of each of us also. The only way to get what you really want in life, to get where you want to go, is to accept yourself.
Acceptance is freedom and also the key to unlocking your passions, strength, and energy. It can be the greatest struggle of your life, but also the most worthwhile one.