“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” (e.e. cummings)
In my earlier post “Be Who You Are”, you began to look at who you were and to let go of any aspects that no longer suited you. Henri Frederic Amiel said it this way, “Learn to…be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.”
Now it’s time to take the next step and identify who you are becoming. Each choice, each response, each action you take in life contributes to who you are and who you will become. (See my earlier post “How did I get here?” for more on this.) And so in each moment, you are determining who you will be in the next moment.
One way of looking at it is that your soul or inner self is the foundation you come into this world with, your predetermined set of qualities and talents, which you then build upon to create who you wish to be.
Another way to describe it is that we are each like a block of marble, including all our flaws and dysfunctions. As we grow, like a sculptor, we chip away all that is NOT us, to reveal our essential nature.
No matter which perspective suits you, the bottom line is that “Life is an unfolding process of becoming.” (Tim Connor)
You can do this consciously or unconsciously — in other words you can be aware of who you are becoming, or you can pay no attention at all. (And as I’ve mentioned before, this is a spectrum with many gray places in between the two extremes as well.) But it all boils down to the fact that it’s your choice.
Who are you becoming? Are you revealing more of your inner self each year, becoming more authentic and real, more true to your essential nature?
Won’t you share with us….who are you choosing to become?