All the great philosophers say: Know yourself.
‘Just the knowledge that comes from the inside of a true knowledge.’ – said Socrates. Hindus monks in the Upanishads say: ‘Know thyself.’ More than two thousand years ago, Buddha said: ‘You have to know yourself.’
Socrates thought that no one, including himself, can teach anybody anything. He can only point and help to recognize the truth in itself. Your soul can help give birth to the truth that it is already burdened.
We often go through life without knowing ourselves truly. We find out what we are really capable when tough times come. Even sometimes, we do things and think of ourselves because of others. We let people tell us what to do and who we are.
The only person that really knows you is you. You know how you really feel about something and what you think deep inside. Nobody should tell you what to do, as we are not born to please everybody.
Some people work at places they despise just so that their families would be happy. Doctor’s kids grow up to become doctors, lawyer’s kids lawyers and so on. That’s not the way life should go.
A person should decide for themselves what they want to do in their life. Family is important but your thought is what really counts. Don’t end up being and doing something you don’t want to, because life is very short. Don’t let it pass it by because somebody told you to do things you don’t want to do. Ask yourself what truly matter to you and what can you do. Then do it.
You partner should love you for who you are, not for what they want you to be. It’s important to know yourself and your desires, your boundaries and expectations from any relation. True love depicts loving someone unconditionally. If you are with a person that tells you constantly how to dress, how to act, how to think or tells you that you should be in the way that you are, that person is not for you. Nobody can ever fulfill exactly and completely what other person might ask from. You can’t really change your personality and who you really are inside. You can change your style or bad and good habits, your car, your living room – but you can’t change YOU.
Career wise, you should always go with your gut. Choose you own adventure. Don’t spend a lifetime at a desk. Go out there and become what you really want to become. That means to know yourself and what you truly want from your professional life.
If you want to be a writer, start writing, if you want to be an actor, start acting, if you want to be become an athlete, exercise your heart out. Always start small, no matter how tough it may seem at first.
Friends sometimes may judge you for being yourself. Don’t let that get to you! Never give power to someone to bring you down. True friends will support you for everything that you want to do in your life and will stand by you 100%. Friends that want you to change either envy you or they don’t love and respect themselves. That’s why keep your circle small and don’t trust easily. Not everybody has the best intentions.
Knowing yourself is the first step when you want to change. Or when you have a dream and go for it. You would like to know your partner in a tremendous adventure, wouldn’t you? So go and know yourself, you’re always here!