Who are you? Who will you be? What will you do with your life?
All questions you are consistently asked throughout your life, and yet do you really know the answers to them? Will you ever truly know how to answer them in such a way that is true to your self and understood by others? I don't believe so. I think that each of us tries to figure out who we are through many channels of self expression. None of which somewhat define a little piece of who we are, but have no real value or meaning in our lives.
Some say by the time you graduate high school you will know who you are. Others say after you graduate college or university, then you'll know for sure. I think it is difficult to pinpoint a timeline for knowing who you are and who you will become, because as humans we are constantly growing and changing and learning new things. How can one judge their potential when they have yet to explore the world and know where they are?
- Write a 30 second pitch, answering two questions:
1. Who are you?
2. Why should I care?
- Are you a person or are you a job title. Never say you are Head of Company Y or the significant other of So&So.
- Describe who you think you are in 5 words. Does it match who you show you are?
- Don't be who people tell you to be.
- Do what you like doing and find those who enjoy the same things.
- Be kind to strangers because they may show you a hidden piece of yourself.
- Have a value system and stick to it. Don't compromise yourself.
Stand up for what you believe in:
- What do you believe in? Write it out.
- Join a protest for your favorite cause.
- Join an organization or campus club that you can fully support.
- Are you for or against organized religions? Join those who differ from your viewpoint.
Learn from those around you:
- In your path to self discovery, open your eyes to the people you do not associate with.
- Everyone you meet knows something you don't. So listen when they speak.
- Have Humility.
- Attitudes are everything! If someone has an attitude, good or bad, seek to understand it.
- Ground yourself in the present moment.
- Be Mindful.
- Focus on what is right in front of you.
- Accept things you cannot change and move on from it.
What you do is not who you are, but merely a small part of the greatness that defines you. If you only address yourself as your job title or by your partner life is going to be dull and you will not have a sense of self or self worth. Believe in yourself. Set goals and achieve them. Don't just have a goal and not act on it. Action is key to anything you do. Be active in finding yourself and showing who you are to the world. If not for the world or anyone else, find yourself for you.
Knowing who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in sets you a million miles apart from those who don't. It might be lonely being who you are and standing up for what you believe in, but if you don't no one else will. It is up to you to be the lead explorer in your life and take it for all it is worth. Find your passions. Please I urge you to find things you enjoy doing and never stop doing them. You are worth it. Society will beat you down to a pulp if you let it. And you can't let it. You have to fight the societal norms and break away from things you cannot change focusing on the things you can. And change them. Change yourself if you do not like who you are becoming. That is the part of exploring yourself no one talks about. You can change if you truly wish to.