We’ve heard from famous philosophers that a life worth living is a life that is clearly examined. Knowing one’s self is very important as life is a learning experience and a journey for all of us. To gain confidence in yourself is to know your limits, your strengths, your weaknesses and how you can deal with them. However, examining your life while working nine-to-five on a daily basis is something silly for you to think. Believe me it isn’t.
Most people use work and other recreational activities to ‘run away’ from the existential question “why am I here?”. Most people cannot answer this question within five seconds. Living a life means to live it to the full, and knowing if you’ve lived it to the fullest means knowing what you want and what you need.
The best exercise for knowing one’s self is by getting lost or having a new, fresh experience. When one is lost, one is free to go wherever he or she wants. As they try to find their way back into where they are supposed to be, they know a bit about themselves. When you get lost, observe if you’re willing to ask help from other people, how awkward or fluid you ask for directions, how you take care of yourself and your limited resources and so on.
By analyzing these details, you gain more knowledge about yourself. You’ll understand that how you take care of yourself is how much you value your individuality. How fluid or awkward you ask for questions reflects how you would interact with society. How you manage your resources teaches you about your patience and your discipline. Knowing more about yourself, you know how to improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses.
The existential question of “why am I here?” can be answered by the summation of all your strengths and weaknesses. If you know what you want, it is always a reason to live for.