“The world will ask you who you are, and if you do not know, the world will tell you.”- Carl Jung
To me, this is one of the most crucial, pivotal, and life dependent aspects of life I strive to engrain in the minds of the people around me, and myself.
When we look at the institutions and communities we’ve been raised by, rarely do these places encourage individuality, and rarely do they galvanise us to find and be our true selves. Leaving most people to live a life pretending to be something they’re not.
Before I leap into the importance of being yourself, I want to talk about something equally as important. Finding yourself. Being yourself is a hard enough task but if you don’t know who you are it could be even more daunting.
When I was young, I was blessed to be fearless, if I had an idea or an urge to do something, I did it. From selling chicken wings at lunchtime with my friend Adam to selling out nightclubs at age 16 with Ben. We were interested in fashion, so we started a clothing brand. I also wanted to see America when I was 19, so I got up and went for 3 months and moved to Germany for a year right after.
Many of these endeavours and experiences have come and gone, but that was the point. To try and taste as many things as possible so I can discover what I liked. In some ways I planned it but, in more ways, taking leaps of faith has taught me more than I would have ever expected. Everything I have experienced has left a permanent mark and is glued in my mind forever.
You have to be fearless and unapologetic in the pursuit of new experiences and new opportunities to find yourself and chances to create yourself. Yes, work hard but also don’t be fooled that you have to like everything. If you are certain something isn’t for you, take that as a good thing. Use it to scratch one thing off the list and then go on to the next thing. This is how you discover who you are so you can be that person to the fullest. Something we’ll discuss in part 2.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”- George Bernard Shaw