Be who you are. ALL of who you are 


This amazing TED Talk by Caroline Casey could not have shown up on my Facebook feed at a better time. A time when my goal is to figure life  out.  I would highly recommend watching it before you read on. I would even go so far as to suggest that you watch it if you are short on time and must choose between watching it and reading my post. 

The talk leaves us with the message that it is supremely important to be who we are. But not in the traditional sense that most articles with (first half of) this title refer to. It is one thing to be who you are while living someone else’s life. Living the life that was decided for us by society or the often blamed “life’s circumstances”. This TED Talk challanges us to take the notion of being yourself even further. To fight for the life we truly want for ourselves. The one that haunts us ever so often, creeping up on us most when we have our guard down. 

However, living that life takes courage and belief in oneself. Believing that no matter what comes my way I will come out stronger, is an attitude that I have yet to master. I find myself shying away from actively pursuing things that would make my happy as I am driven by the fear of the unknown. Don’t get me wrong I am not one to back down from challanges or approach one that I have atleast  some knowledge of. For example, my mentor has asked me to try something new every week in order to help me expose myself to more of what life has to offer. I have lived a relatively sheltered life and this challenge is my mentor’s way to remedy that ASAP. I am really grateful to her for pushing me to actively pursue new experiences because now I find myself signing up for volunteer opportunities that I might never gave bothered with, including begging one of my professors to let me help out with an event she is organizing for her undergraduate class this month. 

However does this mean I am inching towards living an honest life? It feels as if I am currently exploring the equivalent of Caroline’s career at  Accenture. However I wonder if I need the equivalent of her eyesight dropping to kick me into gear to ride an elephant across India (although I would never willingly return to India and regardless, being Mougli was never my dream.) I wonder if a lot of people in the world need the same kick in the ass. That it is this ass kicking that stands between their current life and one in which they are able to let all of their light (talent, capacity, goodness)  shine.

But then I think, should I be jumping into the deep end? Perhaps for now I must take little steps until I can muster up enough courage and belief to get on a plane to Iceland or be a part of some initiative to save the wildlife inching towards extinction (that’s my version of the mougli story). I mean it would be stupid trying to lift a 450 pound dumbbell if you have never been to the gym before. Right?

As I finish this blog entry I get a message from my mentor that ends in “do epic shit”. I guess that would be a sign to get off my butt and dare to dream a little bigger. Perhaps start with the 40 pound hypothetical dumbbell rather than the originally intended 20.

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9 thoughts on “Be who you are. ALL of who you are 

  1. My love. Go outside. Do something. Do something new. Try something you re always wanted to do. Stop reading, writing, thinking, watching YouTube.

    How did Caroline find who she wanted to be? She went running and she fell. She wasn’t sitting on her chair, interacting with a screen.

    We are all scared. We all have false starts. You have nothing to lose. You have no limits.

    You’re incredible. You’re smart. You’re passionate. You’re inquisitive. Find your focus

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  2. Thank you so much for this inspirational post. As you recommended, I watched the talk before reading it and now I feel like doing something, envision my dreams again so I know where I wanna head in my life.

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      1. Just wondering, why can’t you get on a plane to Iceland? Is it far away?
        I’m working on a blogpost with a reference to your post, I hope it’s okay for you! 🙂

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      2. About the plane to Iceland, I am currently in the middle of an MBA program that hardly ever gives me a break. Also, financially it wouldn’t be super easy to do unless I quit school. About your blog post in reference to mine, I am flattered. 🙂 I look forward to reading it!

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      3. Oh, I see. I’m not sure how much it costs but you could start like saving 1-2$ a day? That’s what I’m doing currently 🙂
        I wrote it! My mind is pretty disturbed now because you made me realize something 😀 thank you very much for the inspiration!

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      4. I guess we have to set priorities sometimes 🙂 maybe you could bring your own coffee? and the tour looks great but I think that organizing it yourself might be cheaper, so that could be an option too since you’ve still got enough time to plan 🙂
        thank you for reading!

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