Who are you?
It’s a big question for just three little words.
What’s your inclination for answering?
- Is it to state your vital statistics—name, age, marital status, occupation, education level, whether you have kids, etc?
- Or is it to answer with a question in return: What do you mean, who am I?
I’ve found most respond with either a laundry list of facts about themselves or a synopsis of their resume—neither of which really gets at the heart of the question.
Equally as often, I get a blank look in response to this question that lets me know contemplating the Who hasn’t been much of a consideration—let alone a priority.
Yet, who you are—who you really are—is the basis for your best life.
If you start constructing a new way of being based on some statistical or fictionalized account of you, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to truly craft your best life.
It’s like trying to build a house on quicksand; the structure won’t stand the test of time, and all your efforts will eventually disappear. Your energy will have been wasted—and stress, emptiness, and unhappiness the result.
There’s just no way around it: You must have a solid foundation on which to build your best life, and it must be based on who you really are. Otherwise, you’re back to living a life not your own.
So, I’ll ask again: Who are you?