Are you discovering yourself?
In my Yoga class yesterday, the instructor was in a reflective mood. While he was guiding us to various asanas, he spoke of how we need to be discovering ourselves and the limits to which we can stretch our body. As he spoke, my mind wandered to the lives we lead, our daily chores, the need to perform, the goals we run after and the stress we take when we compare ourselves to others.
It may sound clichéd but aren’t we on our respective journeys? We are not in a race where we all start together and run for the finishing line couple of miles away. Our surroundings, upbringing, challenges, thought processes and rest all that we can think of are different. As we grow mentally and physically, we discover ourselves and this never stops. First we can’t stand, then we start to walk and then we run. It’s all about how we push the edges behind which we stand, little by little and find ourselves.
Every path that we take while studying, working or finding our foot starts with a personal journey. We see how much we stretch and then push ourselves. Sometimes, we get comfortable in status quo and then an event changes us. It forces us to move out of this zone and face what is now the new normal. These external or internal triggers help us in this phase of discovering us.
As I think more about this, I feel that this simple process never stops in life. Even as we grow older. Our experience teaches us many lessons, we change and we become better versions of ourselves. It’s never about what one is expecting from us. It is also not about following someone else. Or seeing success in terms of material gains. What matters is if we move that edge a little further for us and no one else.
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
― Ralph Ellison