Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?


I think that I know myself. After 44 years on the planet, I would hope that I could at least say that. But can I really?

Every moment of every day we are growing and changing ever so slightly. Yet at the same time, these changes amass quickly enough that most of us can easily recognize that how we thought a few years or even months back, isn’t the same as how we think now.

It’s fascinating, really, this process of personal evolution. Do you ever observe yourself in those moments when your thoughts shift over the course of a conversation or after witnessing something uplifting or disturbing? I love these instances of clarity when I just get something in a way that I never have before. But it also makes me realize that I can’t fully know how I will think and consequently, who I will be in the future. The twists and turns life has in store could put each of us on completely different tracks.

I hope that I will always be open and curious about life. I can’t imagine ever being so jaded by circumstances that I can’t treat everyone with kindness, respect and love. And I think that I am strong enough to hold on to my spirit despite the challenges I know we all must face from time to time. But I can’t be certain. So do I really know who I am? I think perhaps I do, if only in this moment. How about you?

9 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i dont know if we can ever fully plumb the depths of who we are, but i got a pretty good idea...smiles.

Sir Thomas said...

oh you are so right... I know this for a fact with a scary deju of things that have happened no matter how I thought something like that would never happen

Monkey Man said...

I love the journey. If I stay true to more core beliefs and maintain respectable ethics, I will grow and enjoy the growth. Great post.

Shadow said...

just when i think i know myself, i change. and that's only half a joke. but yes, i certainly understand myself and the world around me a lot better than i once did...

Mama Zen said...

I'm honestly not sure . . .

Lori Saul said...

Love your thought provoking posts ( you write beautifully). At 55 I do know who I am but I surprise myself sometimes with bits of strength and insight that I didn't know I had. As we get older we do change and I'm noticing those little changes all the time. I'm at a transformational age that can be both painful and liberating. Not sure where I will settle out but will try to do so with grace! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog!

Ronda Laveen said...

I am pretty clear on who I am on a soul level. The other parts of me equivocate from time to time though. Grace, yes, that is always my prayer.

Tracy said...

Good questions. I try to live in the moment, but I fail a lot of the time. I tend to over-think things so I doubt I will ever truly know myself. It's fun trying to find out though.

Eric Alder said...

Every year I've lived (currently working on my 45th) I discover new things about the world we live in, and in the process I discover more about myself.

Obversely, each year I also learn that I know less than I previously though I knew.

Odd, in my growing wisdom, to learn that I know less. Perhaps that's a larger part of wisdom itself?