Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I could fully define myself. Would I be content? What does self-definition entail? Is knowing yourself and trusting yourself distinct from self-definition? Are they the same?
I’m 26 years old and I still make snap decisions. I put important things off until the last minute. I leave massive projects hanging in space.
Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m learning to be responsible for if I’m flying by responsibility by avoidance.
Of course avoidance has been the greatest challenge toward my development as a person.
On the one hand, I’ve made things happen in my life that I couldn’t have ever imagined. Three years ago, I could hardly make it outside the house. I thought about writing poetry; I scribbled some things down in a notebook.
Three years ago I couldn’t imagine how I could manage to continue my education. And here I am in another master’s program…
I started this blog to challenge myself when I was at a low point in my life, at a place in time when I lacked balance and perspective.
Three years later, I think perhaps I should start trying again to build balance and perspective.
Now I think that I am more afraid of the question “who am I” than I ever have been…
I am afraid of what identity means. I am afraid of learning to shed my cynicism. I am afraid of failure. I am most afraid of not becoming my best self.
The best way to grow is to acknowledge your challenges to self development.
Here are a few things that I need to work on:
- Maintaining confidence while I learn to trust my own instincts
- Having that confidence misconstrued as arrogance in my own mind. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance, and woman struggle with this line especially, since our confidence is always questioned
- Developing thicker skin
- Not rushing directly to anger when I feel slighted
- Recognizing constructive ways to handle anger, rather than bottling it up
- Learning to recognize and take genuine compliments
- Differentiating constructive criticism from deliberate put downs. There is a difference.
- Remembering that success is arbitrary, subjective, and fleeting. I must constantly challenge myself to define what success means to me
- *Listening* more closely to other people. I have an anxious problem with not quite listening to others, and keeping the paraphrase of concepts stored away in my mind, whether or not the paraphrase is correct
- Learning to love myself with my flaws, as I grow and learn from them, rather than internally criticizing myself whenever I perceive I’ve done something wrong