“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
-Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles”
This reminds me of a line from a Margaret Becker song…”slowly I’m becoming who I am”. I am not the same person I was a year ago, but I am also not really a new person. This me is the person I was always created to be. The only difference is that now I am discovering just who I am, and I am embracing it. Before, I looked at myself through carnival mirrors. What I saw reflected back at me was distorted ugliness. I looked at others, seeing beauty and ideals I was desperate to claim as my own. Is it any wonder I was miserable!
Who am I? I think everyone asks the question. Blessed are those who discover the truth, embrace it and become it! There is peace when we stop striving to fit into a misplaced ideal. There is joy in living each day being comfortable in one’s own skin.