Everyone needs to be on a journey of self-discovery. It is a journey that many never start, and they miss out completely on some incredible things. There is only one you in this world. There has never been someone like you, and there will never be again. This is the worlds only opportunity to experience you. And it will miss out completely if you don’t experience you.
Who are you? Who are you when no one else is looking? Once you take away all the trappings of life and scratch away everything that life has taught you to be, who would you be? Would you be the same as you are? Without your job, or your family, or your friends who are you? It is a very good question to ask ourselves. One day all of those things will disappear. We will retire, our families will grow up and move away, our friends will come and go, and if our identity is based on those things we will be very miserable indeed. There are a great many people who pass away a few years after retirement,or their spouse passed away, because their identity is gone. Who are you?
The best place to start is to begin some honest self-evaluation. This needs to be honest evaluation. We often lie to ourselves about ourselves. We justify behaviors and responses, and we explain our choices in life which cause us to be the way we are.
. If we want to lose weight, we might claim that we’re eating healthy, but in reality our eating habits haven’t changed very much.
. If we want to be more creative, we might say that we’re trying to write more, but in reality we aren’t holding ourselves to a rigid publishing schedule.
. If we want to learn a new language, we might say that we have been consistent with our practice even though we skipped last night to watch television.
We use lukewarm phrases like, “I’m doing well with the time I have available.” Or, “I’ve been trying really hard recently.” These statements are usually just soft excuses that make us feel better about ourselves or about having a goal that we haven’t made much real progress toward. (I know because I’ve been guilty of saying many of these things myself.)
Why do these little lies matter?
Because they are preventing us from being self-aware. Emotions and feelings are important and they have a place, but when we use feel-good statements to track our progress in life, we end up lying to ourselves about what we’re actually doing.
Being honest with yourself is a very important step. It is where you begin to see what is good in your life. Start making a list of what is right with you. But don’t stop there. Make a list of what you think is wrong as well. Then you can begin to sort out what you actually want to, or need to change because a lot of what we do is a result of the life we have been pushed into by the expectations of those around us. Only when we begin to see ourselves as we truly are, and then make some steps to move towards who we actually want to be can we begin to truly know ourselves.
But it starts with that first step of beginning to be honest with ourselves. The journey is definitely worth it.