Who are you?
Such a simple question at first.
Our normal tendency to answer this question is by saying our name, followed by where we come from and then what we do. That is who you are for the world. The society. The people.
But, who really are you?
This is less of a question and more of a message. An indication.
With so much development around us, and so much distraction, we often lose sight of our inner selves and begin to define ourselves as per the world around us. We are labelled. We want to get ahead in life. We look to learn new skills. To study more. Read more books. Switch roles. Change careers. Climb the professional ladder. Earn money. Get married. Own a house. Travel the world. Live in luxury. While these things may be essential and may differ from person to person, the problem occurs when we keep wanting more and more, and more than we get at each stage. Yet, seldom be satisfied. We are stuck. Why? Because irrespective of what we do or achieve, we still don’t know what we actually want.
The universe often presents an opportunity to realize our true-selves each time we encounter a choice and need to take a decision. How many times do we actually sit back and look at our choices as a means of self-discovery?
In order to really be happy, and to live every bit of our lives instead of simply moving on with it, we must be conscious of our existence. Of the choices before us. Of the decisions we take. Of our past.
Where is the time? We are strange beings. We want the best of everything. We want to project a certain image of ourselves. We want to be liked, loved and admired. And for that, sometimes even without realizing, we put on a mask, pretending to be someone we are not!
Do we know ourselves well enough before expecting approval from the outside world? If the answer is no, then we are certainly leading a life projected by our ego and self-interest. In which case, we will realize that things don’t come that easy to us. We are trapped and keep going in circles. On the other hand, when we are conscious and aware of our existence and when we put in the effort to understand ourselves – we no longer feel the need to be pretentious. The mask falls off. We are accepted for who we are. It becomes easier to lead our lives, understand people and take decisions. Result? Progression. Growth in each part of our life – personal and professional.
When I talk about living with awareness and being conscious, do I mean adopting the saintly lifestyle? Do I mean there won’t be troubles at all? Absolutely not! By conscious living, i.e. when we feel connected with ourselves, we gain the strength to face every obstacle that comes our way. We may fail, be overwhelmed, angry and stressed. But we learn to accept reality. We learn to face the truth. And by staring reality in the face, we see exactly what needs to change in order to move on and grow.
Ofcourse, it’s easier said than done. But would it be worth it if it were easy?
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Charles Bukowski
If we spare even a few minutes everyday to listen to the voice of our soul, perceive barriers and choices as a means of self-discovery, and reflect upon our past, we will eventually find our true authentic selves.
Of course, looking at the past maybe a painful exercise. But, we can either run from the past or learn from it. If we accept it and learn from it, we are empowered to make the necessary changes in our lives. When we don’t resist it and stop fearing it, we are no longer stagnant. We take a step towards being our most authentic self.
I recently read an article on the secrets of a long and healthy life, and discovered that the happiest countries like Japan, Hawaii and Norway have one thing in common – the people try to adopt conscious living in their daily activities. They make sure to spend some time with themselves by eliminating distractions. They accept their reality. And, they are not afraid to talk about their roots. They ponder upon their actions, which eventually leads to the development of a deeper sense of being.
My point being: Knowing who you are is the key to not just being good at personal relationships, but also the key to professional advancements, good health, and, longer lives – all the while helping us become the best version of ourselves.
“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.” – Vironika Tugaleva
So, let us stop being afraid of what we will find within ourselves and learn to accept every bit of our existence. Only then can we change something. Let’s break free. Let’s make our lives easier.
Remember who you are.