Knowing yourself opens your eyes, it shows the way things, the world, and people are. Whether it’s ugly, beautiful, challenging or enlightening.
Self-awareness is the best thing that can happen to you. It allows you to become who you really are, not what your family or society wants. You are unchained of biases and preconceptions that come from your childhood, parents, school, and life. You can unchain your mind and come to peace with the fact that everything around is created by other people.
One of the most influential ideas in my life is the concept of unlimited life by Steve Jobs. When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your job is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
I read this quote over and over again and after a number of the events in my life, I realized what Jobs was trying to say.
He’s generally speaking about awareness and awakening to the real truth. People created everything to simplify their lives. Years after years there are new things added and accepted without questioning because it’s easier to live like that. Imagine that you had to understand how the microwave works every time you use it.
Awareness allows you to constantly monitor what is going on outside but most important inside of your mind.
“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” ― Ramana Maharshi
You can catch yourself in anger, when the coffee shop’s Wifi is too slow, for example.
You can catch yourself in jealousy when your best friend buys a new car.
You can catch yourself making excuses not to go to the gym because it’s raining and your favorite TV show is on.
As Roman philosopher Seneca puts it, there are more things, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.
You can change things if you want to. Start noticing.
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