A Swedish Born Diplomat

973 WordsFeb 5, 20164 Pages
A Swedish born diplomat by the name of Dag Hammarskjöld once said, “We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours.” This profoundly modern, yet rational concept has inhabited my thoughts and remained with me well before I even understood its message. I am born with what I have, but what I do, what I make of it, is entirely of my own design. Much like the majority of my peers, I was born into an average white, English speaking, middle class family. I primarily come from Germanic descent with additional bloodlines connecting to various Scandinavian ancestors, as well as members of the native Chippewa Indian tribe located in my home state of Wisconsin. As for social identities relating to abilities, my immediate family members and I do live with some form of mental or physical disability. My sister and I have both coped with panic attacks and social anxiety respectively. My father lives with a moderate form of OCD, while my younger brother lives with a more severe form of Autism. Although my immediate family does not identify concurrently as one religion, my sister and I identify as Methodist, while our parents and younger brother either are undecided. However, my father’s parents were brought up Catholic, and had sent my father to a Catholic high school. First and foremost, I firmly believe in the remarkable notion that every person in my life has been, or is, in it for a reason. Clearly the good people will bring happiness however;

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