Knowing Our Nature


First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work
And then I was dying to retire
And now, I am dying…..And suddenly I realise I forgot to live

– Anonymous

It is so interesting to see the sheer level of variety we have in society isn’t it? People have so many different cultures, interests, successes and hardships. We all live such diverse lives, but when we really look into it, are we really living our lives to their fullest extent? Are we really making our lives everything that we can possible develop them to be? People will go through their lives, rushing through even, going from success to success without even realising that they are going at such a rate that they forget to do the one thing that they should be doing, live.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

– Mark Twain

It really makes you think doesn’t it? why am I here? what should I be doing? What is my purpose? These are questions that we don’t typically ask ourselves due to the fast paced nature of our lives, and that’s the problem. It is because of our haste to get through life that we do not give ourselves the time to nurture ourselves by contemplating these deep questions which need to be answered.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do

– Steve Jobs

For us to know our purpose we first need to understand our nature. If we do not understand what kind of person we are fundamentally inside then how can we make the right choices, travel down certain paths, explore specific ventures without knowing whether it’s the right fit for us? So how do we determine our nature? That is simple. We need to push the pause button on our lives temporarily. We need to take a step back and look for avenues through which we can make an assertive judgement of who we are. We need to explore the internal and external, travel down many avenues and seek the advice of wise people. Do not be afraid to make a change, it could be that choice that will change your life forever.

One particular mentor of mine told me that It does not matter fundamentally whether we have a job or profession with large status, salary or a nice office, what matters is that we engage in a job that we can be passionate about and one that whenever we wake up in the morning we say ‘I can’t wait to begin work’. One practical thing they showed me is something known as the Myer Briggs test. I recommend everyone to try this test in order to determine their nature and in turn get some insight into what career would best suit you, it could help shape a path or give an indication for your journey. 

“Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. And Mirror what you Admire”

– Unknown

Now I am not saying you should not go for a great job in the city with a large salary with a big office. In reality we all want to be successful in life but what I am saying is that we should ensure that we are being successful in the right way and pursuing a profession for the right reasons. This life is short, do not engage in activities unless you have a strong passion for it. For if we continue to keep rushing through life, we will indeed forget to live it.

By evolveblog108 via Evolve Blog

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