All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances, (II, vii)

Shakespeare’s speech, from As You Like It is about the stages of life; however, I want to apply the words in a different way. Imagine if you will that your life is a play, and the people in your life are the men and women that have their entrances and exits in your story. Some of them will be your principal characters with long running contracts; others will have cameo appearances; and still others will have short term contracts, maybe just making an appearance for a season or so. The fact is that your life is a story and as such, it contains heroes and villains.

As I ponder Shakespeare and the roles that I play in my life: mother, daughter, sister, friend, partner, teacher, I realize that my roles evolve as life evolves. While I consider myself to be a thoughtful, caring and compassionate person, one who values honesty and empathy, it occurs to me that I am both a hero and a villain as I appear in the life story of others.

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