The journey to become who we were created to be is a powerful and life changing one. It is unfortunately one that many people miss out on taking. They become whoever their world, situation or friendships demand, and miss completely out on the adventure they were created for. Once you start the journey, your life begins to shift, and things that you thought were once important often begin to fade away because your filters for life have changed.
As you journey you get to see yourself and others differently, and you become more accepting of others because you are becoming more secure in who you are so when others are different they no longer cause you to be uncomfortable or threatened. It truly is an amazing journey that all of us should be on. The world would be a much different place to live if we did. As we journey we write about who we are becoming and the changes we are making because we understand ourselves better when we write about it. Our journals begin to record the milestones along the way and we understand ourselves and our environment better.
Just as important as journaling is for us to understand ourselves, is sharing your journey with someone else. Finding someone you can be honest with, and who can be honest with you is invaluable to discovering yourself. We can come to some understanding by writing, but it pales in comparison to the depth of understanding we gain by sharing our journey. Finding someone you can trust openly and begin to share your struggles, insights and victories helps you to process deeply who you are and their questions and insights as you share help you discover what changes you could be making.
Someone once said You don’t truly understand something until you try to teach it to someone else. The process of sharing anything that you think you understand deepens you level of understanding because you have to take that mess of information, sort it out, repackage it and organize it in a way that someone else can understand. By having to help someone else understand your journey you open the door to you understanding you.
When we are trying to explain something to someone else, we are forced to ask ourselves the most important question in leaning… in gaining true understanding… “why.” When we have to answer the question “why,” superficial understanding won’t do. We have to know something deeply in order to not just say how, but why. Why we are is just as important as who we are and who we are becoming. Only by sharing the journey with someone else can we truly and deeply understand ourselves.