We spend much of our lives without really getting to know us, without even touching the surface.
It takes many years for us to get to know anything real about ourselves. We may think we find out a great deal about ourselves through our environment and our belief system, but they don’t deal with the core issues of who we really are and how we feel about ourselves away from our environment and religious beliefs.
Our beliefs often passed down through the generations begin to shape our outward thinking, which then become our daily focus, a way of life. As we continue to follow the traditions of those beliefs without question, of what those beliefs means and how they tie in with our inner thoughts, we fail to think about ourselves.
Real self-awareness comes through many years of our own observations of who we are. What we like, what we dislike, what makes us sad, what makes us happy, how we see ourselves fitting in to our lives, anything that allows us to become more aware of us.
I believe that not only does getting to know us transform our life on the inside, this is also reflected in the way life treats you on the outside. Everything just becomes so much easier. External factors don’t shape our world, neither do they make our world, or us right.
When we work on ourselves, we fundamentally change the way we think and feel so those external factors don’t seem so important any more. When we also stop listening to everyone else and start listening to our own inner thoughts on what makes us who we are that’s when we’ll begin to get to know the real us.
It will also be the start of the process, whereby we begin to make the decisions that are right for us. We cannot do that when we’re constantly following another person’s lead. It has to come from us.