None of us chooses how we start our lives – our bodies, families, cultures, economic circumstances, religions. We are characters in dramas others have been writing since long before we were born. Becoming an emotionally mature, fulfilled adult involves discovering our power to let go of old certainties that trap and harm us as often as they keep us safe. How can we free ourselves from the stories others have written for us and live a meaningful life? Together we will explore possible answers to this question, through lecture, film, discussion, and personal exercises.