The nonfunctional fireplace sits untouched for decades, collecting years of hair and dust mites from a negatived vacuum path meant for bare floors only. To repurpose and retain is to rediscover meaning — using it as a backdrop to display the influences of one's past. Roots are what made you, but you take them with context. People have the power to influence in unimaginable ways. Your worldview is based on those ideas, simplifications, and bedtime stories. With time, they become that of your own, like a succumbent mix of guidebooks meant to steer you on popular streets. Take what you want, leave the rest.
"Mediocricy will never do. You are capable of something better." A quote from Internet quotist Latter-day Saint Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley. Now, mind you that mediocricy isn't a word, but mediocrity is; meaning "of only moderate quality; not very good." Not very good is a choice — a result of a life where we choose to do nothing or very little. Be extraordinary, not by accomplishments, but by the way you live, how you influence others, and how you define success by your own standards.