Do you know yourself or do you only think you know yourself?
How many times do you know what your friends want but unsure about what you want?
It happens so naturally that we don’t stop to think twice. We’re social beings, and we almost always seek to bond with others.
We end up learning more about others than ourselves. You know your friends’ favorite things, their hopes, and dreams, their flaws and fears, right? What about you and your heart?
Do you know your most heartfelt wishes and your deepest fears?
Do you have a vague idea about your strengths, your weaknesses, then brush it off and focus on others?
We go on with our lives and busy ourselves that we don’t stop and look deeply into our hearts. This disconnection manifests as unhappiness, discontentment, general void and we typically try to find satisfaction by seeking the next thing: a job, a house, a car, a friend, a lover, etc.
We’re in constant search for the next achievement but forget what matters the most. We work to be stressed at a job. We spend time with people we don’t like, just to avoid being alone. We spend time with family out of obligations and find all the ways to space out while we’re there.
We’re constantly busy, but at the end of the day, we’re tired.
We’re stressed, we’re anxious, we’re tired, and most importantly, we’re plagued by the discontentment and unhappiness.
And we’d continue to keep doing the same things, day after day, year after year.
We’d rather be miserable in the things we know than to face the things we don’t want to know. We don’t really want to know our true selves, afraid that we’re not good.
But it is that inner journey where we can find ourselves, and our peace.
Spoiler alert: despite our flaws and mistakes and whatever else, we’re beautiful beings.
Now, don’t be shy. Say hello to yourself. Be brave and face who you are. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at your own light.