Rediscover Yourself

From one day to the next, we just try to get by.  We finish one paper, we start studying for the next mid-term.  We watch the same TV show at the same time each week.  We take the same route to work or class.  With these repetitions we may not realized that we have transformed into different individuals.  Our values, hopes, and aspirations may have actually changed since we have last reflected on them.  Personally, this summer, I would like to rediscover myself.  Would you like to do the same?

Before I start grad school next September and settle into a new routine, I would like to reflect on who I have become and who I now aspire to be.  I hope these reflections would give me insight into personal aspects of my life as well as the type of career I would like to have and how I would choose it.  Would I go after the best-paid opportunity?  Where I would be most influential?  Where I would be able to bring about the most change?  Where I would be most comfortable?  Or where I would be kept on my toes?

So how will I rediscover myself?  I created a summer “to do” list for myself.  You may want to do some of the things on my list, or create a completely different list of your own.

Rediscovery To Do List:

  • Immerse myself into solitude.  Go somewhere quiet and peaceful and be on my own.
  • Visit a foreign country.  Experience a different culture.
  • Reread a book I enjoyed as a child.
  • Do yoga.
  • Try something that scares me.
  • Do something that is physically strenuous (like the Grouse Grind).
  • Send an e-mail (or Facebook message) to someone I used to be friends with but have not spoken to in years.
  • Write a poem.
  • Do a random act of kindness.
  • Forgive.
  • Write a hand written letter to a loved one.
  • Go to church.
  • Read a book I normally would not.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Go through old photographs.
  • Make a new friend.
  • Buy a painting.
  • Study home décor prior to furnishing my new apartment.
  • Trust.
  • Do something silly.

I know that for goals to be reachable, they need to be specific.  However, most of my points here are vague in order to make them applicable to others.

Enjoy your rediscovery process!

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