“Life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.”
With four official teenagers in the house, there’s a lot of self discovery going on. I don’t even think they realize how much self discovery is going on.
Through out the years I’ve often heard people talk about “finding yourself”, but when I came across this quote, it resonated so much better.
Finding yourself sort of implies you are lost and then you go searching and voila – you find yourself. That you have to travel far and wide and spend lots of time looking for that lost soul.
I don’t really think it goes like that! I do think that there are some things that we need to discover about ourselves. I think that we all have certain talents, personalities, innate features etc. that we need to discover – and then decide whether we should nurture or extinguish those areas.
But the most exciting part is our ability to make decisions, and choices and CREATE who we want to be. We are a blank slate in many ways too! Even though we may have specific talents, genes, personalities, we can choose what we do with them. Plus, things like talent only go so far. Things like motivation, hard work, positive attitude, good perspective go so much further,
So create a vision. Who do you want to be? How can you get there? What do you need to do to get there? I believe that we have unlimited potential; it’s up to what we decide to do.
Sure, there will be set backs; things will throw us for a loop and ruin our best laid plans. But, we can still pick ourselves up and create the best possible person – and that person will likely be even better after a series of trials and misfortunes.