Who were you before you were you?
You see, we're all shaped by our environment-- whether we are willing to admit it or not. For more on this: visit http://www.monday9am.tv/fotw/play.
I could get high upon a soapbox about how children are influenced by the environment their parents produce. Geez! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look around at some of the folks we encounter on a day to day basis and get a good notion what their childhood was all about!
It doesn't end there, though. Every experience, every encounter creates a wrinkle in the fabric of our lives. Some wrinkles end up permanent creases and others a damn big ole hole.
All is not lost, though. Maybe the fabric is just in need of repair. Shake it out, patch the holes, straighten out the wrinkles as best you can. Maybe get a bit crazy and add an applique or two.
Or as my other half says: "Make chicken salad out of chicken shit."