What My World's Like

Self-definition and the art of positive possibility


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The ages of youth are classically designated as the time for self-discovery. People are expected to figure out who they are, what they’re about and what they’re going to do with their lives. While up until the age of thirty might be a more pronounced period of self-discovery and self-definition, age is playing a smaller role in this process.

People are waking up and realizing they’ve created lives that no longer satisfy them. Some are finding that they’ve lost themselves in the process of living in the rat race and need to embark upon a process of discovery. Increasingly, there’s obvious financial pressure compounded with a pressure for authenticity and a life representative of congruency between work and home life.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Our journeys take us from one place to another, adding to our experiences, expanding our horizons and granting us greater perspective. It’s never too late to start over. Many times, it’s the antidote we so feverishly seek.

In the past year, I’ve written about letting go several times. It’s a personal challenge we all face in varying degrees throughout our lives, and so integral to the process of starting over. Living in regret is a waste of time. In fact, living anywhere but here now is wasting time. Stop wasting time. Create a you and a life you want and will be proud of. Explore the possibilities.

Find what’s truly important to you. What brings you joy? What are you passionate about? How can you put more of that into your life? If you truly have no idea where to begin, a great experiential book I’d recommend is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early,
to be whoever you want to be…I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that stop you.
I hope you feel things that you never felt before.
I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not,
I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

– Benjamin Button, played by Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2 Responses to Self-definition and the art of positive possibility

  1. Exactly! Change is beautiful!

  2. Indeed it is…if you see it that way. 🙂

    It’s all about the power of perspective. Changing it can be difficult, but it’s such a worthwhile task.

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