Thursday, October 10, 2013

Someone v. something

"How many cares ones loses when one decides not to be something, but someone."  -Coco Chanel

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is among the most frequent questions posed to us as children.  Most of us had a number things we wanted to be.  I wanted to be a paleontologist, a geologist, a doctor, and astronaut at different points.  Nobody ever asked me who I wanted to be when I grew up.

I know who I want to be now- the best possible version of myself that I can be, but I don't really know how to get there.  Some parts of who I want to be are here, or are nearly so, and others, are proving to be more difficult to capture and incorporate into myself.  There are also parts of who I currently am that I would like to let go of, and again, that is challenging.

I am learning not refer to myself as a thing.  This means reflecting on what I say a lot.  It also involves removing certain measuring sticks form our tool kits.  You can't be a good someone if you are stuck measuring how you add as a something.

Have you decided who you want to be?  Are you on your way?  It's alright if you have no clue. It takes some us a while to figure it out, but it's worth meditating on.

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