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April 18, 2010
It's amazing how much of my life I have lived with the criticism of my parents ringing in my mind. I have internalized that critical nature well. I can conjure up my dad’s voice in an instant, with those faintly disapproving, definitely disappointed undertones ringing through it. “You'll just fail again, why try?” is a common saying of his.

To be fair, this is his idea of encouragement, to goad me into proving him wrong. He doesn’t realize that it simply discourages me. It is up to me to change my inner voice to the encouragement I need.