“Knowing Yourself is the beginning of wisdom.” - Aristotle
As you travel through this world, there are moments you may ask - who am I? Life is full of distraction. Full of temptation. Full of persuasion. It’s hard to answer that question. Who am I? Indeed, we all ask this at least once. Perhaps the words that follow will aid someone in answering this inquiry.
In a room full of people, you mostly inspect others. However, while in a room all alone, you have just yourself to analyze. Introspection is hard. It’s lonely. And yet, there ways to make this often-lonely journey more intriguing.
“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Rilke
Travel. Yes - travel. This is one of the keys to unlocking your mysterious identity. When you go someplace exciting, someplace you’ve never been before, you will find that the only familiar item is yourself. Seeing that you are your primary companion, like any new friend, you must get to know yourself. This is the beginning of the journey within.
“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
When away from the familiar, you will find greater freedom to express your identity. Do the things you once feared. Karaoke. Star gazing. Beach campouts. Explore. Now you can ask yourself those questions. Those questions that you used to avoid. Where do I want to be in 10 years? Why don’t I like pizza? Am I cut out for my line of work? Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go and begin this process. If you’re addicted to waves, click here for a list of 5 places every surfer should visit. If you happen to be a land lover, here’s a list of the world best hiking spots. Make your plans. And go.
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
Being yourself isn’t easy. It’s especially difficult if you don’t know who “yourself” is. It’s vital you find time to explore this issue. Don’t allow others to make you into who they want you to be. You are a unique individual who has much to add in this world. How can you give what you have if you don’t know what it is that makes you, you? Take time for self-discovery. Embark on the journey within. It may be painful. But as the flower is pruned, new blossoms come to be. And as you discover the real you, check out Charming Shark’s unique line of men’s and woman’s accessories. These quality bracelets allow the real you to shine and they will be your companion while on this path.
I implore you my friend - as you glare into the ferocious sea, as you summit the mountains of Nepal, as you climb the crags of Switzerland, as you hammock in your backyard - take three minutes to pause, and ask yourself the question – who am I? The answers will find you. And you will find yourself.
Written By: Gideon Zielinski