I don’t know how to be anything but myself. This does not mean that I’ve never had moments of absolute frustration with myself, but I’ve never strayed away from me. I learned the key to this life game is to know thyself. I have that tatted on my leg, to me it is that essential.

As you begin the inward journey of getting to know yourself and all the deep layers, you will start to see how much goodness you hold inside. You will become familiar with your strengths and weaknesses. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are equally important. When you know your strengths, you can push yourself to achieve more and utilize what exact you are good at. Focusing on what you are good at will bring more good, that’s the law of attraction. 

Knowing your weaknesses allows you to see where you can improve. I try my best not to feel flustered when I know I’m not particularly good at something. I am a true believer that everyone begins somewhere. People who are successful usually don’t acquire the skills they have over night. It takes work and practice. Your weaknesses can guide you on where you can level up and evolve. 

Becoming aware of your own patterns is the first step to making a change, if change is necessary. You will keep repeating patterns until you are aware enough to break them. I believe evolution of the self is always a good thing. You can always better your being. The best way to change your system is to know your system.

I feel grateful that at a very young age I had clarity on my passions and what drives me to get up in the morning. This has allowed me to gauge where I want to go in life. It has allowed me to almost magnetize myself to a path in following what my “destiny” is. Roadblocks come and detours happen, but being aware of what I want and who I want to become saves a lot of wasted time. You’re never going to have every single detail, but when you have a clear idea of what you envision your end results to be, life usually plays its part in guiding you there. 

To know yourself is also to know the world. For me, traveling has shown me a lot about myself that I may not had seen otherwise. Experiences outside of myself have taught me just as much going inward and peeling back my layers. Getting out into the world, whether it be through traveling or through cultivating relationships with other people, is an integral part of gaining a well-rounded perspective. By being open to what the world and others have to teach you, you may find inspiration to guide you to becoming the person you want to be.

There are as many ways to live as there are people. What I mean by that is exploring and observing how other people utilize their 24-hours in a day, we can then begin to take notes and apply their experiences into our own. Through this, we are able to learn even more deeply about who we are and who we strive to be.
Before you can even begin a relationship with someone outside of yourself it is crucial in understanding the person you are. I’ve learned to embrace who I am. I’m going to accept and understand the way I am. I’m not going to dim my shine for anyone. I am also not a chameleon with other people. I’m not going to agree with you if I don’t agree, regardless of who you are or how cool you are online. I’m not going to “fit your mold” so to speak. I’m not going to shift who I am or deny who I am to make someone else comfortable. The people meant to be in my life are going to accept me for exactly who I am. I’m not going to beg anyone to see my shine. Life has taught me a valuable lesson in holding the door open for anyone who wants to leave. I will have no ill-will in my heart because I’m good, no matter what. 

In knowing the importance of knowing myself, I also recognize that same quality in others and appreciate the opportunity to understand that others are also going through a journey of self-discovery. Through that common ground, we both respect that there is no use in changing the other. With self-discovery comes self-acceptance and whenever I can pay that forward, it strengthens my connection with others. 

At the end of the day, whether you agree with it or not, the choices you make and the things that you do are a reflection of who you are. Every single day is a fresh start and a new opportunity to better sit with who you are. In fact, the way I usually start my day is reflecting on ways to best represent who I am and my actions. I am the only one capable of better myself. When I began to connect with myself more and become aware of all parts of ME, I was better able to handle whatever is thrown my way. By strengthening my understanding of the way I am emotionally, physically and spiritually, I find more peace in my day to day life.