Who Am I?

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

About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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9 comments

  1. This is a joyful mystery……

  2. Ajala Temitope Olufisayo

    Who am I is a question of Identity. Sometimes, we never who we we really are. Often times, we find ourselves asking people, who we are.

    Self-awareness isthe first step to self-actualisation. It charts the path to self-management and social management..
    It is essential.

    But the big question is : Do we really get to know ourselves ?

  3. I’m me

  4. We cannot entirely know who we are. That’s man’s biggest challenge.

  5. We can settle for that

  6. Our inherent dynamism and adaptation to various circumstances make it even harder to understand the already complex man.

    Just as I would describe the ever changing chameleon a color(s) per time or colorless on the overall, man isn’t so far off.

    Mysterious describes it.

  7. There is a way to find out who we really are. We can start by knowing our Maker: who made us? Now this Maker made us in a way that there is this thirst that that Him alone can quench in us. You don’t believe me? I thought as much. We hear stories of people we see as successful committing suicide, or being unhappy. Now why is that? Let’s figure that out. Let’s get back to knowing ‘who we really are’ ; there is no way we can know the right use of a product without knowing the mind of the maker, it is so with us: we would continue to have questions regarding our existence until we know the mind of our Maker. The only way to search out this mystery is by going to the Word of God. All the answers to the questions we would ever ask is in there. Now don’t go hard on me about this being spiritual, it is because it’s the truth. You and I are living because of the breath of God which is a spirit, so man cannot exist without the spirit (the spiritual controls the physical). Don’t stop yet please, this is for our good. If you don’t know who you are: people, the society, situations ,circumstances, and the devil are gonna tag you and automatically they give you a definition and it isn’t always the best. Why can’t we save ourselves the stress by searching out this mystery ourselves from the one who made us, the One Who knows the end from the beginning. I believe He has the answers. Are you going to give Him a try? He is the best thing that can happen to anyone ( I’m speaking from experience). Ignorance is not the best option, you can start seeking Him today, He is nearer than you think. He is the only one that can fill that void, that emptiness. Are you ready to seek answers?

  8. I love this philosophical article.
    the quest for self awareness has been the driving force of man and it lies at the heart of every success story.
    while it is true that we cannot fully know who we are, we can get a glimpse into it and have a rough idea. There are aspects of us that doesn’t change with time or circumstances and which can predict the way we will act. These form our core. these are what we harness to achieve our goals and purpose.

    who we are isn’t a single entity and would never be summed up in one word or statement. we are a sum of many different parts which is greater than the whole. Different situations reveal certain aspects of our lives that we did not know before. we are a sum of our strengths and weaknesses; our likes and dislikes; our fantasies and expectations; our passions and turn offs. indeed we are a complex entity, and the problem is that we are trying to be reductionist in our approach to understanding ourselves.

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