To all those students doing Area of Study: Discovery, this one’s for you.
This blog post may (or may not) help you in some small way or another. Remember that what I am writing is my opinion, not the truth.
Discovery. Or more specifically, self-discovery.
Some may think that self-discovery is about reaching an understanding and acceptance of our cultural backgrounds, heritage and ancestry. Others may think that it’s about figuring out our purpose in life and our place in the world. But if that is so, then self-discovery is really just a journey, right? A journey with a final destination; a finish line.
Personally, I don’t think of self-discovery as a journey. I think of it more as a… series of moments. Brief moments, gone before we have the chance to fully comprehend them. We can only ever catch glimpses of ourselves in the mirror before we have to let those fleeting images go, because change is inevitable and the person we saw in the mirror yesterday is not the same person we see today.
Searching is not the same as discovering, nor will it necessarily lead to any discoveries. Maybe self-discovery is not that treasure buried deep in the sand which you’re desperately trying to dig up; maybe self-discovery is that moment when you finally stop digging and for the first time notice the calluses forming on your palms and the yellow sand embedded in your nails. Maybe self-discovery is not about finding out that ‘we are…’, but about realising that we simply are.