Who Am I? Who Am I Really? How many of you ever ponder on this question before? What brought it to mind? As I thought about this question, I realize that, sometimes, the answer I give tend to depend in large part around who the people around me says I am. Sometimes, the answer stems from what the world ask me to believe of me. Other times, I answered based on who or what my parents say I am or want me to be. For some it might be their peers who decide for them, who they think they are. Others acceptance of who they are comes from the messages from their teachers, yet for some other people, it comes from what the society says.
In my short life and the limited amount of travels I have done, I have had conversations with people from all around the world and something that is common in the conversations I’ve had is, there are a number of people who are clueless about their elusive power. Many of the individuals I come across have in one way or form been told, they are not enough, they do not merit what they have or will never amount to much. This can easily get any individual to feel miserable and unwanted. It can affect the quality of life a person might choose to live. So what’s the remedy to restoring the sense of essence about who you are and what you are capable of?
One size does not fit all in this area, sometimes it takes digging deep to rediscover your worth, at other times, it takes having your trusted friends and family members help you see who you really are and how amazing you truly are. I struggled through this question myself, and in the end, I came to the realization that, it was not so much about what others believed about me. 95% of how I feel and how that controls my actions should not be controlled by the way I am perceived. I realized I have a part to play, I can decide and choose for myself what I want to believe about me and what I want to be.
If I did not believe in myself and my worth, why should I expect others to believe in me for me? My attitude, and the way I carry myself matters and it can adversely affect how I am perceived and viewed. The battle was not so much with the outside world, the biggest battle was raging within me. It was a matter of overcoming the fear of being my true self and accepting me for me flaws and all. This liberated me from all my self-imposed thoughts about who I am and what I can and cannot do.
I hope you will stop wasting time creating a long list of how you fall short, but start harnessing your strengths and see what lies within you. I cannot wait to celebrate your awesomeness. Like Bono the singer said: “You. Are. Amazing. Just The. Way. You. Are.”
I will end with this amazing poem by Marianne Williamson it gives me chills every time I come across it. There is power in not just reading it but reflecting on it.
- A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson (stonepathway.wordpress.com)
- Marianne Williamson – Finding Recompense in Remarkable Ways (omtimes.com)
- Standing with Marianne Williamson at Occupy Monsanto, Venice CA 5/25/13 (lifewithleela.wordpress.com)
- The Magic of Marianne Williamson (unlenfantterrible.wordpress.com)
- Be Extraordinary (ohsheshines.com)