I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
For some, the process of self-discovery and introspection is completely natural, while others live by the moment and don’t get serious about exploring their inner self until something changes their perspective.
In either case, self-discovery can be a lonely road – even if you’re surrounded by family and friends, its ultimately a path you have to walk alone. And yet, the process of “finding yourself” cannot be experienced only internally – it demands interaction with the outside world.
What exactly is “finding yourself”? Is it that gap year backpacking trip in Europe? Those strange years in college between adolescence and finding your place in productive society? Is it a struggle to find your place in the world, or is it more of an internal battle to become comfortable with who you are?
Is it coming to grips with your own mortality? Is it finding work you truly love? Is “finding yourself” an excuse to shy away from commitment and responsibility? Is the process of “finding yourself” ever truly over? Can one really “find themselves”, and experience true contentment and satisfaction with their place in the world?
Is there a “right answer” to any of these questions? If there are, I sure don’t have them, but here are some quotes about finding yourself and sayings about life that might help you find your own answer to these questions: