I will never fully understand the life of an Iranian in Tehran during the regime change. No matter how many books read, movies watched, nor people interviewed I can never truly be a product of that environment.
But your environment does not define you. It also doesn't have to be static.
Your past doesn't have to dictate your future.
Sure, your past is important, but not nearly as important as your vision for the future
Or rather the way you see your future is more important than what's happened in the past.
But changing your environment takes a conscious decision, it requires conscious effort, and sometime the results are also not immediate.
Circle of Friends
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn
The people you spend the most time with have the greatest influence on you. Those are the people you surround yourself with. Your environment. Look at them? Where are they in life compared to you?
Typically most of them will be around the same level as you.
That's great if your goal is to remain the same.
But what if their goals don't align with yours?