Self Discovery Journey – The Beginning
Written by Temitope on April 28, 2021
One of the most difficult questions I have had to answer over the years is, “Who are you?” Interestingly, till today, I still struggle to answer that question.
I probably start with my name, what I do, what I have done in the past, etc. But it never really satisfies my own curiosity when it comes to this question. This made me realize that “who I am” is much deeper than my physical identity – name, accolades, experience, birthplace, and so on.
It’s very important to note here that I believe that all of these physical entities give certain perspectives to who we are. As a matter of fact, I believe that they contribute to who we are, but they are not the core.
I love it when people call my name in full, it is an important part of my identity. A huge part of where I am today is as a result of my past experiences – some I regret, others I am grateful for.
So, if who we are is not our name, achievements, background or experiences, what then is it?
Self Discovery begins when you start asking yourself the question(s) that really matter such as “who am I?” But there is never a sufficient or a good enough answer, especially at the beginning.
My belief is that self-discovery is a journey that takes an entire lifetime, and we never really know everything until we transit through death.
A famous writer once said,
“For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood.”
The truth is, even in our dying days, we discover new things about ourselves. There is never a point where you can say that you have discovered all there is about you. You only know more than you knew the previous day.
With this understanding of self-discovery, we can begin the journey of daily discovery and stop looking for an ultimate answer that reveals all.
Who we are is revealed along the way. As we meander through life’s uncertain paths, we discover with time ourselves, our core, our identity. And from there, it is up to us to live who we really are, because that is where we can find true fulfilment.