Life isn’t a simple, direct path from one point to the next. We can plan the path, but as we cannot see the future, there is no way to absolutely determine what will happen next. Twists and turns show up, sometimes without any notice. Every time we navigate something new, I believe we develop a new layer of ourselves.
Perhaps you’ve dealt with a difficult relationship, or have taken on a new responsibility, or you’ve gone back to school. Perhaps you’ve become a mother, or a spouse. Perhaps you went outside your comfort zone and accomplished a task you never thought possible. Your layers are made up of these experiences. Each layer is unique. Each experience educated you.
Be proud of your layers. They are your roadmap to the past, and can serve as your guide going forward.