Who am I?
I know what I like to do. I know what makes me happy. I know my strengths and my weaknesses, but what is the driving force behind the very things that define me?
I’m a daughter, a sister,an aunt, a student and a writer, but in the end none of these things define who I am. They add substance to my being and they contribute to who I am, but still they do not define my identity. I believe that who we are goes far beyond what we like to do and the titles that both ourselves and others label us with. Defining who we are includes how we treat others when they can’t do anything for us, how we act when we’re angry, who we are when people aren’t paying attention, and a variety of other things.
Discovering who I am has become a priority, but it is my opinion that self-discovery is a virtue and not a destination. As we grow and as we change, we define and re-define ourselves. It is important to remain true to our character as we do so. Character is the foundation of our moral and mental qualities. I want to find and understand my purpose. I want to exude positive vibes and live up to my own metrics of success. I want to break down barriers of who I thought I was and focus on personal growth and new experiences.
I complied a list of things that I believe to be important in finding yourself:
- Understand past events that have helped shaped you into the person that you are presently.
- Distinguish your thoughts from the thoughts of others.
- Find your confidence.
- Overcome bad habits and forgive yourself for your mistakes.
- Organize and prioritize your life. Put things in perspective.
- Remove pressures created by the rest of the world.
- Question yourself and the world around you.
- Be courageous. Understand that failure is apart of the journey.
- Lose yourself to find yourself, in the words of Gandhi.
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”