In this world, many appear to be lost. People who wander around with no real idea of where they are going. It can be seen through all ages, but sadly often with younger and full of existential angst. They do not know who they are, what their purpose is in life. And as such, this leaves them wide open to depression, anxiety and everything associated with that.
It is not caused by a lack of potential paths on display either. From school, we are bombarded with possible career paths to take. We are often pressured to decide so incredibly young, with the thought that your original career choice will impact the entirety of your life and grant you your purpose.
However, I believe this is the wrong message. How on earth can you find your path in life if you do not even know who you are?
Many, of course, try to find themselves through travel, going to all sorts of beautiful places to figure out what makes them tick. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a trip. It can help you discover and compare cultures, but it doesn’t often help you find out who you are.
This is because you are bringing yourself with you. All of your mind and psyche are there with you no matter how far you travel. And it is within your mind where you really have to look to figure out who you are. The answers to who you lie within you are sometimes obscured by painful memories that you may not want to see. But given they are within you, even if reflecting can be very difficult indeed, means that the answers are within your grasp.
Travel can have its benefits if it comes with an aspect of the challenge, as challenges have a habit of pulling away from the masks and facades we can all too often wear to reveal what lies beneath. But as enjoyable as it is, sunbathing on a beach is not an activity that will bring out your true character, as easy as that would be.
While looking inwards at yourself, your past actions, and occasional mistakes can be painful, it is worth it. After all, if we can come to terms with who we are. We become aware of the tools we have at our disposal to take on the world. We will no longer rely on external validation for our sense of self. This will all allow us to stand much more confidently, with our backs straight and eyes forward, as we march forward to take on the world.