Self discovery. It’s a deeply personal journey, and it’s one we all undertake as we journey through life. Your personal self discovery experience may take the form of a coming of age, something that helps you understand yourself from a mature perspective. It may take the form of rising to meet a challenge that life has set in your path or overcoming an obstacle. And it might take the form of healing from physical or psychological wounds that have been inflicted on you during the course of your life and finding your way back to hope and health. No matter the situation, self discovery is something most of us find again and again in our lifetimes. And every time it happens, we get to know ourselves a little better, and we uncover more of our own inner strength.
Here are some of the personal steps you can take to help point yourself down the road to self-discovery.
Ask Yourself A Few Revealing Questions
When you get to know someone new, you start off by asking them to tell you about themselves. Getting to know yourself better is no different! You may assume you already know all about yourself—after all, who knows you more intimately than you? But there is always more to discover. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want most out of life?
- What is my purpose?
- What best defines me?
- What makes me happiest?
- What am I resisting?
- How can I celebrate every day of my life?
You may not know the answers to all these question. You may think you know the answers, but, on reflection, find that what you’ve always thought isn’t quite accurate. Sit with each question for a while. Meditate on it and try to pin down the answer that’s truest to your heart. When you do, you’ll know yourself a little better.
Realize You’re Not Alone
The human experience can be trying, even painful, but it helps to remember that we are all in this together. As you discover fundamental truths about yourself, you may feel concerned. You may develop a focus on your own flaws that makes you feel unworthy of your family and friends. You might also come to feel isolated, as though no one else shares your perspective and struggles.
While it’s true that no two people share the same set of experiences, we are all going through some combination of the same feelings, the same struggles, the same fears and triumphs. You can share these feelings with others by talking to a trusted friend or family member, a therapist, or a support group. Human connection is one of the most valuable things in the world, and part of discovering who you are is knowing who you are in relation to others.
Many people also turn to art for connection. Music for the Soul is a company that produces healing songs to speak to people’s trauma and inspire healing. You might also turn to literature, visual art, or dance to express yourself and look for reflections of your psyche in the expressions of others.
Self discovery allows you a more fully realized picture of yourself—your capabilities and your flaws alike. But what will you do with what you’ve learned?
It’s up to you. You can use the information you’ve gained about yourself to strive for self improvement, to shore up the areas in which you struggle and become a better person. You can use your strengths to reach out to others and become an asset to those you love and those in your community. You can also strive for a more fulfilled life with your new understanding of what you need and what makes you happy. Self discovery gives you a vital understanding of yourself that will help you work through trauma and damage of the past and feel more hopeful for the future. Get in touch with yourself and begin your journey of self discovery today.
Kat Helgeson comes from a ten-year career in social media marketing and content creation. She takes pride in her ability to communicate the culture and values of an organization via the written word. Kat is also the author of numerous books for young adults. Her titles have received the Junior Library Guild Award, the Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year Distinction, and been featured on the Illinois Reads selection list. Her work has been translated into Dutch and German. She has written inspiring and soul encouraging pieces for Music for the Soul for over a year, this content has focused on speaking about empowering songs, songs of healing, and songs of hope