Who am I?
Just three words.
But it’s proven to be one of the most difficult questions to answer. It goes beyond your name or physical description. It entails a series of other questions. Questions like: Why was I born? How did I get here? What’s my purpose and goal? Am I on the right path?
Our very own existences have been subject to various forms of such questions and more. It runs through generations.
From birth to death, a whole lot of things happen betwixt. These things push us to our limits and threaten our very sanity. Times like that are when such questions above pop up. Then the struggle to find answers and understand it all begins. Sometimes, there’s an epiphany, and some other times, it becomes even shadier.
Basically, who we are is who we perceive ourselves to be. It’s who we have seen ourselves to be over time. Understanding this is very imperative for self discovery and recreation. We discover who we are and create a better person. It’s a personal understanding of oneself. It comprises of things that are more dominant in our state of being. Things like passion, hobbies, skills, abilities, personality, knowledge, character, attitudes, talents, achievements, likes and dislikes, etc. Critically analysing these things gives us a gradual realisation of our ego, our self esteem. Self esteem helps us cross check our self worth. This worth is a sum up of all that we are or all that we see ourselves as.
That still doesn’t answer the question. Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Our self esteem isn’t the answer because they are not constant or permanent. Self esteem fluctuates between the variables that make up our worth. Why do we behave differently to the same situation at different times? Why do we think differently, act differently and even speak differently? Just who are we? Things change. People change. Who then am I, if I can change with every situation and bend in life? It’s all very confusing.
If it’s not all clear to us, then perhaps, we are mysteries. Man is a mystery unto himself. He knows not who he is. And if man is a mystery, then so is life, since we do not know enough to make a certain and accurate conclusion on things that were here even before we arrived. We are nothing and everything. It is a wonder, and wonder, they say, is man’s basic desire to understand.
That is all that we are. Beautiful mysteries walking the earth in daily pursuit to decipher, understand and decode. But man can never be fully understood, neither can life be. That’s the beauty of it all. Variety and diversity are the endless facets of life. The ability to be anything or one thing or nothing or everything.
I am a mystery.
You are a mystery.
We are mysteries all entangled and intertwined in a network of mysterious mysteries. That is the life that we live. That is who we are.
Written by Elvis, tweets @Magical_Zeus and blogs at rainbowsepia.wordpress.com