The Importance of Making Peace With Your Past - Storyline

I've got a new piece on how our family past shapes who we are and who we will be–and why it's healthy to make peace with the past on Storyline today.

I hated the way I talked when I was a kid.

As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, I have a southern family, with an accent to match. Most people on TV sounded so sophisticated with enunciated speech, while every southerner I saw portrayed in film was either slow or ignorant.

I wanted to be seen as smart. So, I worked hard to erase my accent. To my ear, my drawl was far less pronounced than my friends and family, but this illusion failed me anytime I traveled to other parts of the country.

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