“The hardest thing is to be yourself in a world that is trying it’s best, day and night, to make you like everyone else” — E.E. Cummings. Once we start believing in ourselves, appreciating our capabilities, accepting our limitations, we then start investing our energy, time and resources in doing what we want to do rather then aping what every one else is doing.
There is a dearth of originals in this world. We were all unique when we were born, but somehow the world ‘coloured’ us in its own colour as we grew. We start living in the illusion that the more we look like this world, the more we succeed.
There is a logical flaw in this. We don’t have to put any effort to look like this world. The world does it automatically; effort is required to maintain our unique identity. How can we achieve success in doing something that doesn’t require any effort from our side? The need of the hour is out-of-box thinking, which we all did when we were kids. Remember we had our unique games, our rooms were different and so were our stories.
Let’s splash some colour in this world, and be ourselves.
I did my engineering since I was told science was the subject that intellectuals took up. I slogged myself for four years. Unlike Aamir Khan and Madhavan of 3 Idiots, I didn’t know what my passion was, or rather I never wanted to know.
It’s all in the mind, our thinking is directly proportional to our actions. Get a board and write, “I am special” and hang it in your room. Below it write about the things that you want to do. Begin the list with “I want to know myself”.
This is the biggest hurdle; sages have spent their lifetime in knowing themselves. But this doesn’t mean that we have go to the Himalayas to meditate. It is a gradual process that starts with acceptance. Acceptance is the key for the door that embarks our journey in knowing ourselves.