We always talk about finding ourselves, as if we are some sort of lost item that is to be found. Even though humans seem to create everything around them from their own food and gadgets to their homes and means of entertainment, we never really mention creating our own personalities. We simply give in to just finding it and then settling for what we find, which couldn’t be further from the truth. People can make active conscious decisions to be exactly who they want. You feed your mind and in turn it retaliates giving you the life you deserve.
Consequential experiences and choices tend to yield us in ways that are hard to be ignored. But what about the simple rather trivial day to day choices do they yield as well or are they to be cast aside as minor requirements of life?
From where you like to eat to your favorite color are all conscious choices that build who you are today. So be careful what you choose for it might make a much more lasting impact than you think.
Which begs the question; do we know who we are? Do you actually know all the nooks and cranes of your personality or are you just existing for the sake of existence itself?
Every living creature has a purpose; some of course are more primal than others. But given that we are the most advanced life form, at least on this planet, and in a day and age where the general public is brave enough to claim that humanity has reached a state of cathartic transcendence we must try to surpass our own potential and reach for a greater sense of being.
So what is your purpose? Who do you want to be?
If your answer boils down to a job title, think again. Jobs are important of course, they are our conscious contributions to society but they are not to be held as a purpose but rather a means to an end. You are a doctor because you want to save lives or you are an actor because you want to entertain. Your purpose shouldn’t be a feeling either, feelings have this nasty habit of fading. After all that seems to be the law on which they exist upon. In my opinion, which is totally subjective and is open for any manipulation yielded by your own subjectivity, is that your purpose should be a thought, an idea something that can manifest in many ways. Your thoughts can be interpreted in various ways, feelings and even beliefs. That’s the thing about thoughts they manifest not on their own accord but on the viewers’ own interpretation of such facts.
If you have no idea what your purpose is, it’s totally fine because as you create yourself you will stumble upon one purpose if not even several.
This article is not to tell who to be or how to find who you already are. But rather give you means that inspired who others chose to be and let you see if it helps you as well. Since we are all a byproducts of the books we read, the conversations we have and the movies we watch. The Insider MIU team was asked about what affected who they have become and what altered their thinking and here’s what they came up with.
مصور قتيل رسائل محترقة لعبد الوهاب مطاوع
قواعد العشق الأربعون لجلال الدين الرومي About time
البيضاء ليوسف ادريس Edge of tomorrow
كفاح طيبة لنجيب محفوظ Lemony Snicket a series of unfortunate events
Wonder by R.J. Palacio Horns
Apocalypse by Max Brooks
Morning’s in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Tale of two cities by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
An abundance of Katherines by John Green
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
1984 by George Orwell
عبد الوهاب مطاوع Dernière Danse – Indila
ريم الرياشى Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Martin Luther King Never too late – three days grace
Gandhi High Hopes – Kodaline
Jose Mourinho Full Circle – Half Moon Run