"I Need To Be Myself, I Can't Be Anyone Else."
"I was born to be true and not to be perfect," Epey said in his speech. Epey is the winner of the trending segment in It's Showtime – That's My Tomboy. In this segment, they (lesbians) let me, the madlang people and the world to see their worth as a lesbian and as a human. They also made me believe that all of us can be accepted in the society beyond our imperfections, because no matter how imperfect we are, there are still things that we must be proud of and things that we must treasure – our abilities, skills, talents, and personalities and us, being true to ourselves, and our family, friends, and loved ones.
I am Joanne Mae Labio. I believe that there is no one who knows you so much but...show more content...
But most specially, I am proud because I know myself, and I am being true to myself, not just because it's the right thing, but because it is what I want, and this is where I can be fulfilled – when I, myself accept who I am, what's my worth, and what I am capable of. I need to be myself, I can't be anyone
Self-Discovery: Who Am I? Essay
In human existence, a question commonly asked is, "Who am I?" This question is the heart of the quest for the Self. This is a quest which may take a lifetime, sometimes longer, to fulfill. One path, of self–discovery, is when people turn to their surroundings in their search. In turning to their surroundings, people are able to see their Selves by the things around them. In observing the surroundings, people may, not only, find their Selves, but establish their Selves. This path, however, is not the only way people search for the Self. Another path is when people turn to something higher than themselves for answers. This path is lined with the hope the answers can be given by the, "something higher." These two paths represent two preceding...show more content...
In my view, the Infinite Intellect, due to its infinite nature, is a source for the Self to learn, since the Self has a limited intellect. The infinite intellect then becomes the foundation in the relationship between the Absolute and the Self. The assertion that the Absolute is complete, or infinite, sets the hierarchy of the relationship between the Absolute and the Self. The Absolute is above the Self and acts as a source for the Self to see what it could aspire to, in terms of completeness. Waton then describes the innate relationship between the Absolute and the Self by stating, "Human beings were only the impressions of one and the same idea of the Infinite Intellect" (Waton 42). This description of the existing association between the Absolute and the Self, further demonstrates the hierarchy of their relationship. The relationship between the Absolute and the Self is important to understand in order to determine why contact between the Self and the Absolute is necessary in self–discovery.
In Christian beliefs, the Absolute is not only a transcendental example to the Self, but may also be the origin of the Self. Waton continues on this thought when he writes, " like God, man is a trinity, consisting of a body, a mind and a soul. The body is a form of extension, the mind is a form of thought, and the soul is an idea of God. The soul is the essence of man; the body and
Throughout one's lifetime changes in a person's views toward life are inevitable. Those changes can be seen as either positive or negative based on the experiences a person goes through. Some changes are seen as internal while others are seen as external. For instance, in Monkey by Wu Cheng–en and Candide by Francois–Marie Arouet De Voltaire, both authors are using their characters to portray self–discovery by having them go through a series of obstacles. As a result the characters changed their attitude toward life through the many obstacles that they had to undergo. Self–discovery is an essential part of a person's life which can be seen internally or externally through a person's characteristics and...show more content...
In the end when he finds out that Cunegonde is ugly, he still goes to search for her "...go search out Cunegonde on the shores of Propontis, however ugly she might be" (Voltaire, 574). This shows external changes in Candide's character, and it shows that he still wants to fulfill his promise to marry Cunegonde. By the end of the story we can see that Candide has learned the true meaning of life through his experiences on this journey and he now has his own views and opinions towards the world. However, after all of his experiences on this journey, "Candide still doesn't understand the key to happiness" (www.associatedcontent.com). At the beginning he followed the beliefs of Pangloss, even after he realized that the world doesn't work like the philosopher once said it did and he lets go of those beliefs, he ignorantly throws his trust into the beliefs of another person. Candide discovers the Turks truth to life, "...and the work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice and poverty...I know...that we must cultivate our garden" (Voltaire, 580). Even though he now knows what to do now in order to reach a state of happiness, which is people working together, he isn't willing to change internally because he's still holding on to the same essence of life and doesn't show any beliefs of his own. Changing his philosophical belief from following Pangloss to following the Turk
Many of us go through life skimming the surface of our identities. That is, we don't truly dig deeply into our thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams.
Part of the problem is that we're always on the go. When to–do lists keep swelling, self–exploration takes a backseat. How can it not, when we barely find time for self–care?
Specifically, self–exploration involves "taking a look at your own thoughts, feelings, behaviors and motivations and asking why. It's looking for the roots of who we are – answers to all the questions we have about [ourselves]," according to Ryan Howes, Ph.D, psychologist, writer and professor in Pasadena, California.
Having a deeper understanding of ourselves has many benefits. It "helps people understand and accept...show more content...
Take some time and think about what you might need in order to be happy and ultimately successful in your job/career. For example, a few things to consider might be salary, geographic location, job autonomy, work hours, and professional growth opportunities, to name a few. Which ones of these, and/or others, are most significant; things that would make an obvious difference in whether we would enjoy our job/career? If you don't take the time to consider who you are and what you want, you won't know what you are looking for. You need to be aware that no job/career is going to be perfect and meet all of your expectations. But if you at least think about which things are more vital to your happiness and aim for those, you can come pretty close to what you want. Think about the skills and abilities you may have that you would like to utilize in your chosen profession (i.e. leadership, helping others, mathematical ability, creativity, communication, etc.) Which careers give you more of an opportunity to express yourself and be yourself? Many people make the mistake of assuming that they can and will do just about anything for the right amount of money. Well let me assure you that this is only partially true. In the beginning, the money may seem like enough to sustain your job satisfaction and happiness, but soon everyone realizes that money alone is only a temporary fix. If you don't really like what you are doing, or like where you work, you won't be
Janie's Self-Discovery Essay
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about a young woman that is lost in her own world. She longs to be a part of something and to have "a great journey to the horizons in search of people" (85). Janie Crawford's journey to the horizon is told as a story to her best friend Phoebe. She experiences three marriages and three communities that "represent increasingly wide circles of experience and opportunities for expression of personal choice" (Crabtree). Their Eyes Were Watching God is an important fiction piece that explores relations throughout black communities and families. It also examines different issues such as, gender and class and these issues bring forth the theme of voice. In Janie's attempt to find herself, she...show more content...
Nanny's idea of a marriage is "a haven from indiscriminate sexual exploitation and as a shelter from financial instability" (Jordan). Janie's marriage to her first husband, Logan Killicks, is an unexpected grief and he disgusts her sexually. She tries to love him but their relationship lacks intimacy, romance, and fun. Throughout the novel, Janie is on a mission and she soon finds out "that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman" (24). Killicks think Janie is spoiled and "counts Janie among the livestock on his farm, estimating her value by her ability to produce greater surplus value" (Ha 33). It is when Janie realizes Killicks plans to put her to work on a mule because she does not bore him any heir that she runs off with Joe Starks. Joe Starks is a "quick–thinking, fast–talking, ambitious man, headed for a newly founded all black community, where he plans to make a fortune" (Rosenblatt 30). Jody offers up a new start to Janie and she leaps at the opportunity of marrying him, "committing bigamy" (Rosenblatt 30). Jody becomes the mayor of Eatonville and provides Janie with a middle–class furnished house that does not provide her "with the felicity and self–fulfillment that she needs" (Ha 33). Janie is treated no more or less than that of the mayor's wife.
Essay about The Journey to Self Discovery
The Journey to Self Discovery Death and life are contrasting points of view while discovery seems to be the main point in Joan Didion's essay "On Going Home and, N. Scott Momaday's essay The Way to Rainy Mountain. For Joan Didion, returning home is a source of comfort, confusion, and conflict. The life she lives with her husband and child are a world apart from the life she grew up in. Her memories are a part of who she is and the kind of mother and wife she hopes to be. Perhaps in her quest, she will find the best parts of her to pour into her new life. In contrast, N. Scott Momaday's "home" is his grandmother. She encompasses all that he came to know and love. The Kiowa traditions were brought to life in her home through her...show more content...
She looks for her face in his picture and doesn't find it. The items that used to define who she was at seventeen no longer seem to hold their place. She enjoys a cup of coffee with her mother whom she gets along with (1420) and relates to on an adult level realizing that they are both "veterans of a guerrilla war we never understood."
Suffering the loss of his grandmother in the spring, Momaday returns to Rainy Mountain in July on a journey to discover his Kiowa roots. He was told that her face was like a child when she passed and from this point he likes thinking of her as a child. He learns that when his grandmother was born her generation was the last to experience the freedom to worship and live as the Kiowa people had been accustomed. The Kiowa people were not warriors by choice in the sense of fighting to win land or plunder. They were driven by and instinct to survive and because they were not fighters they didn't understand why the Cavalry was so merciless in their advancement on the tribe. They were eventually divided and destitute and gave in to the United States Cavalry and moved to Rainy Mountain, Oklahoma. Aho, Momaday's grandmother, was the last of her kind. She kept the Kiowa culture and traditions alive. Three–hundred years before she was born, her people made their way to Rainy Mountain, Oklahoma. Momaday refers to it as a "journey toward the dawn"
Self discovery requires us to explore outside interests and understand how we work with others. Through community service, we can determine our own passions and values, as well as learn how we adapt to new situations and follow the orders of others. I agree that helping others is a great way to learn more about yourself because community service can enable us to gain further knowledge about our own abilities and aspirations. Last year, a few friends and I founded a nonprofit organization called ProjectCODEt with the goal of teaching elementary and middle school students computer science topics. By leading coding workshops and planning activities, I not only learned a lot about how I operate as a leader and as a teacher, but I also...show more content...
Although some may argue that Stacy could have easily learned about these characteristics through school, Stacy says that the tasks she must handle at the hospital are very different from completing homework assignments, which have very straightforward instructions. At the hospital, Stacy must often come up with solutions on the spot, whereas she is able to complete school assignments on her own time. This shows how her service experience was the only way she truly learned her ability to work spontaneously. This was also her first time interacting with patients and children, which demonstrates just how valuable her experience was toward her discovery of her interest in becoming a physician. Helping others is essential to learning about any innate talents we may possess. By dedicating ourselves to the service of others, we not only learn how we operate with other people, but also do so with the greater benefit of helping the community. Therefore, I urge the reader to try attending a new service activity and reflecting on the experience afterwards. By working in a new environment, I hope that the reader will find out something new about his or her own