“In all our reasonings concerning men we must lay it down as a maxim that the greater part are moulded by circumstances.” – Robert Hall: Apology for the Freedom of the Press, Sect. V.
If the greater part of men are moulded by their circumstances, then the lesser part are not. But if a man is not moulded by his circumstances, what then shapes him?
To my mind a man is either formed by his outer circumstances or he is fashioned by internal forces, which are intrinsic to his being. The internal forces – the voice from within, the voice of many waters – are at work in every man, but only those who learn to listen through the cacophony of humanity to hear this inner voice are shaped from within outward, regardless of what is going on round about.
Your circumstances provide points of release, avenues for the expression of that which surges from within. They need not determine your mood, your outlook or your way of being. In other words, you need not define yourself by your circumstances.
Your circumstances, no matter how restrictive, are always an aperture and never a prison.