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Self-discovery is a word that sounds strange, but it is the greatest weapon on earth. It separates the successful and the unsuccessful. Every one of us was born with inert abilities. The journey of self-discovery helps us to find those abilities and master them. These abilities, gifts, and talents are what separate us from each other. We are all unique and special in our way. Refining crude oil and the journey of self-discovery are similar. At different temperatures, it gives different products.
I remember the story of a Lion cub who separated from its mother after birth. The cub found its way to a goat who couldn’t resist its innocent look. The cub grew up among the kids and mimicked their behaviour, acting like a goat. It enjoyed the company of the kids, and its life revolved around the goats. After a few years, The cub grew up to physically become a fully grown lion but behaves like a goat.
The cub knew it was different from everyone, but he could never fully understand the reason for this. He was comfortable and loved by the goats, and he never lacked care. One day the lion got lost while playing in the field. It was distressing, and he kept walking deep into the jungle. It was getting dark, and he wanted to get back to his beloved family. The fear of losing the only family he had was sickening.
Suddenly, there was a loud noise that startled the lion. The noise was scary, and the lion became afraid. It thought of all the stories it had heard about the jungle as a very dangerous place. Even though it was distressing, it couldn’t resist finding out what caused the noise. It decided to follow its instinct and searched for what creature made such a loud and scary noise. When it got to a cliff, he saw an animal standing tall with its head held in pride.
The lion was shocked, and he couldn’t believe his eyes. ‘How could this be’? he thought. He saw an animal that looked exactly like him. He was disturbed and surprised. He tried making the same noise and was shocked to discover he could make the same noise. He thought about how he had always wondered why he was different.
The lion felt happy when he roared, and the jungle vibrated at the sound. The joy and fulfilment were more satisfying than all the years he had spent with the goats. He decided to follow the lion to learn more about his true nature. This event marked the beginning of his self-discovery journey.
I have divided this into ten days. Each day contains different arrears that we have to work on as individuals if we are to discover our abilities and go on the self-discovery journey. For this journey to be successful, it has to be intentional. No one becomes better by accident. A conscious decision is vital in the journey of self-discovery.
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
“It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question ‘who am I’m except the voice inside herself.”― Betty Friedan
“I wasn’t searching for something or someone… I was searching for me”.Carrie Bradshaw
Today’s Task: Journey of Self Discovery
Ask yourself these questions and answer honestly. Don’t forget to note your answer in a book or journal.
- Why do you want to go on this journey?
- Are you ready to give all it takes to search deep into yourself?