On this rainy, Autumn Monday, I woke up this morning and almost forgot who I was supposed to be today.
By this, I mean that I forgot I was going back into the work week, going back into my regular routine where I go to the office, spend hours completing specific tasks related to my job title, then go back home to be my non-working self again.
After the weekend is over, every Sunday night-Monday morning kind of feels like that whole weird adjustment period.
You know, that period of time when you’re coming back from a long vacation where you left your job, your responsibilities, and your worries behind so that you can take a break from being “you” — The you who is so used to the reality of how things are and how things have been versus the you that’s on vacation; the you that’s free from who you have to be.
Sometimes, I personally have a very hard time separating these two versions of me.
We all have different roles that we play in our lives. Outside of work, some of us are mothers or fathers, sisters or brothers, husbands or wives, or friend to others.
Outside of those roles, some of us are athletes, musicians, writers, or philosophers.
Some of us are homebodies and some of us adventurists.
Some of us are seek thrill and excitement while some of us seek peace and quiet.
Some of us are outgoing and some of us keep to ourselves.
All of these different identities make up the collection of roles that we play — And this ultimately makes us who we are.
What are the roles you play in your life?
In other words, what makes you “you”?
I ask myself this question quite often because I want to make sure that I’m very rooted in knowing who I am.
Knowing these roles impacts our every day decisions and impacts the course of our lives. These roles prioritize what’s important to us in life. It allows us to understand ourselves a little better.
In life, it can be easy to lose sight of who we are. Sometimes, there are just so many outside factors that are trying to tell us who we are and who we should be — But, it’s important to be your own judge.
If we aren’t, then we’ll succumb to the decisions and definitions that people create for us.
It happens to the best of us though, even myself included. It’s sometimes difficult to not define ourselves by how other people see us; by how society sees us. We just have to be cognizant of how much we are aware and in control of the roles we play. Let’s not lose sight of that.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” — Aristotle