“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” ― Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale
I just passed this quote promoting self realization and it made me think what does actually mean knowing yourself. Does its meaning only confine to knowing your strengths and weaknesses or does it have some deeper meaning to? This question troubled me for 2 days. I realized it didn’t mean just your positives and negatives, it can also be regarded as the current state of mind. In the fast paced life of ours, we neglect the importance of knowing our actual state of mind and assume it to be the ideal , calm and peaceful state.
Realization of what ails you is half the battle won; the rest is all about maintaining a firm control on life and balance within.
Sometimes you do not realize you are in the midst of a vast silence till it is pierced through with sound. Often, you may not notice noise until it ends abruptly and silence prevails. You may not notice how dark it is till a light is flicked on. Sometimes you do not know how agitated you have been, till a caressing hand calms you. The absence of some people makes you realize the significance of their presence.
We need to realize these small indications at the right times. Ignorance may lead to you being an ‘unaware’ person. Sometimes it might be that you are undergoing depression but you don’t know about it because you are trying to suppress or ignore it. I say – Let it out. Pretending to be happy and prosperous cannot go very far.
Sometimes you don’t know there’s a gaping hole in your soul till someone or something comes along to fill it and lift you to euphoric heights. This hole can also be compared to as the lost piece of the jigsaw puzzle without which you feel incomplete.
This hole is a feeling of inadequacy, of something vital missing from life. Very often a realization of this gap causes a great restlessness till we figure out how to mend it. And yes, different things work for different people. All holes are not the same size and dimension, and each needs a different solution to fix it. Each of us has our own compulsions, our dreams, our purpose and goals; some things that make us wildly happy.
But the first step, of course, is the realization of the void before we set out to bridge it. The realization may not always come in a peaceful, friendly manner. It could be a jolt of awareness, a bolt from the blue. A jolt is often what you need to shake you out of a complacent, somnambulant state. And so, sometimes if someone or something comes along to shake us up, it is important to understand that Nature, God or your own supreme consciousness wants you disturbed for some good reason. So, we need to realize it, accept it and fix it.