Create Yourself!

On the walls of each cubicle in my dentist’s office are thought-provoking quotes. My favorite says: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

This quote speaks to and answers something for me that I’ve pondered about for a long time. Why is it in our modern society that people are always talking about the need to find themselves, or to discover who they are? Can it really be the case that we have secret selves hidden inside that we somehow have to locate in order to find out who we really are? What if, despite our best efforts, we never do the right thing to find out? What if that secret self stays hidden? Who are we then?

It just doesn’t make sense to me. Instead, I believe we have all been blessed by our Heavenly Father with all that is individually necessary to create ourselves, to choose to make of our lives whatever it is we want to be and do.

Personally, I have always wanted to create adventure in my life. That didn’t just occur to me as I somehow waited to find myself. I went looking for it and went about creating it. As my fictional hero Dumbledore once told Harry Potter, “And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress: adventure.” Yes! It must be pursued. It must be created.

While I want to create an adventurous life, I fully accept that others want nothing more than quiet predictability. Isn’t it great that we’re all different? I love this about our earthly brothers and sisters: we all get to be different and we have the opportunity to accept and rejoice in each other’s differences. My Lord gave me my life! I want to use it for Him. I want to share His love. I want to see His creations. I want to meet and learn from as many of His children as I can, no matter where they live or what they believe. If there are bumps and difficulties along the way, and there certainly have been so far, at least I can learn from them. A bump-free life may be easy, but it doesn’t sound very interesting to me.

Hunter S Thompson summed up my idea of life, and maybe it’s yours as well. He said, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid [into Heaven] broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

I hope you each enjoy your journey, whatever you are creating it to be!