Quotes For Knowing Who You Really Are

Amy Pilkington 28 Jun 2020

There is a weird tug-of-war that constantly happens in society. On one hand, we're told "Be yourself! Follow your bliss! Find a job you're passionate about!"

On the other, we're bombarded with images of what "success" looks like. Marriage, kids, house with a white picket fence, and the job to support that lifestyle.

So we're left flailing around trying figure out who we are within that limited definition of normalcy.

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It took a long time for me to first realize that I didn't have much interest in that mainstream view of success and then break out of the habit of thinking there was something wrong with me for feeling that way.

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It took even longer to admit that while I was exceptional at the office administration job I had, it didn't make me happy.

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And it certainly didn't pay me enough to stick around any longer.

So I jumped ship, and though the world of social media and content creation is far less stable than a 9-to-5 office job, it is far more fun and rewarding.

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I've also learned that five-year and ten-year plans simply don't make sense for me.

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They aren't motivating because I know that we can't predict what the world will be like in that time. We can't even predict who we will be in five years.

So I've settled for smaller, short-term goals, with more general long-term ideas of where those goals might be taking me.

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And maybe the idea of not having a concrete plan terrifies you. That's okay.

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My point is that I've learned enough about myself that I know such long-term planning doesn't work for me, but it might work amazingly for someone else.

There is no one-size-fits-all, perfect12-step program to success and happiness. We all just need to find who we truly are and use that to point us in the right direction.

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