To begin with, we established that anybody whose heart is beating is alive. You and me are both alive- we are living beings. Out of the millions of species, 8.7 million to be precise, of living things, we are humans. So, the next level of established identity is that we are human beings. Then we classify ourselves based on gender, country, religion, profession, roles that you play in life and so on.
Having established yourself as a personality, the world can recognize you as a particular person. For example, when we speak of Lady Diana, there is only one image that comes to our minds. People are able to know your name and associate you with a set of behaviors and characteristics.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
So you are somebody for the world, great. But who are you, according to you? Have you tried to pay attention to your inner self ? Have you tried to befriend your own self and spend sometime getting to know you?
The first step to practicing self -awareness is to appreciate that there is a self that is unique to you and only you. Out of 7.7 billion people walking on this planet currently, there is only one You.
“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have.”
― John Grisham
Many a times, so many people walk the journey of their lives without even knowing who they really are. Ignorance, upbringing, the fabric of life itself or sheer laziness makes them miss such a golden chance- to discover and fall in love with their own, beautiful selves.
It is a pity really that we spend so much time achieving something at work, or making someone else fall in love with us. Basically, doing everything and running aimlessly after things which may not matter after all. What does matter the most is that you discover yourself, your uniqueness, your beauty and fall in love with your own self. The world will only follow.
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
― Judy Garland