“I believe that the things that happen to you as a child greatly shape the rest of your life. I once took a class with a professor who said, ‘Think about your favorite fairytale, the one that makes the greatest impression on you: that is the theme of your life.’ Those early stories are a lot deeper than they seem, and children are attracted to them because of certain interests.
“Similarly, I once heard someone from India say, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do. You are part of a pattern, and you repeat that pattern all your life—unless you’re strong enough to break it.’
“Lastly, I remember a politician being asked by a reporter how he wanted to be remembered at the end of his life. He answered, ‘I’d like to be remembered as someone who did the best he could with what he had.
“So I’ll tell you this about myself: I wasn’t given much in life, but I did the best with what I had.”