Learning Who You Are
I've recently spent a lot of time thinking about who I am, what kind of person I am, and what I stand for. I'm trying to learn more about myself, figure myself out, and above all, I'm trying to live the most genuine life that I can.
I've learned some good things about myself, I'm very driven, dedicated, authentic. I'm smart, and I'm able to work well under pressure.
I've learned some bad things about myself, I'm a cold fish at times, I'm "too much" for some, and as it's been pointed out to me, I'm impervious and calloused.
My faith has faltered, my opinions have shifted, and I've learned to rely on solely myself.
But, the point is that I'm learning who I am. My whole world has turned upside down before, so I'm sure I can adjust to figuring out who I am.
There are things that don't change as you learn who you are- good and bad, are still defined by the same standards, right and wrong are the same as they always have been. Then, there are things that do change when you're learning who you are- your outlook on life, on people, love and your impact on the world. The way you view different cultures, customs, and beliefs changes. Seeing the world through a new perspective is part of growing, and learning. Everyone and everything adapts and adjusts to the world around them, so it's no surprise that all of these previous assumptions we have about ourselves, and the world, change.
Don't shy away from who you are. Don't change just to fit in the box that other people tell you to fit in. Don't confine yourself to the standards that society has deemed. You are yourself, and finding yourself is a personal journey. You will always change, and grow, and learn, and you will always be exactly who you are supposed to be. My one piece of advice is to know that you are always enough. You might not be everyone's cup of tea, and that's okay. But you will always be enough for someone- and that someone should be yourself. No matter who walks in and out of your life, you have to be concrete in yourself. Sometimes you won't feel strong, sometimes you'll question everything and everyone around you. That's okay. We need to question, because that's how we grow. Don't ever, ever be afraid to stand up for what you feel is right, and don't allow anyone to tell you that you are worthless.
This world is still a beautiful, beautiful place. You still have a spot that you belong in. Good things still happen. You just have to see it. No matter what you face, or what takes place in your life, be firm in the knowledge that you can handle it. You are strong, and resilient. Come to terms with yourself, it'll give you such a great peace of mind.
And remember one thing- keep learning, developing, reshaping, and you'll never live a dull life.