“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Take a moment to think about your present self. Now, think about the person you were yesterday and compare it to the person you are today. Are there any differences? Perhaps not, and that’s okay. But, what do you see when you compare your present self to the person you want to be five years in the future?

I’m certain no one reading this is a psychic, so our plans or visions are often left written in the sand rather than stone. But having an idea can act as the catalyst to making your desires your reality. So, take a few moments to think about it. Think about where you will be in five years. If that is too far off for you, imagine your life in two years. Where are you? Who are you? What do you see?

For me, I see myself embracing nothing but balance, serenity, and stability. I see myself living in a home of my own with the man I love, and enjoying a life where anxiety and depression are lessons of the past.

It’s easy to think about what we want. We’re humans, it’s how our brains work. While we’re out and about, we see a person who has an item or physical trait we want. While we’re at home watching shitty reality T.V., we think about the lifestyles we want. The list goes on, as do our desires and those desires can spark negative emotions such as envy, frustration, and anxiety.

We often compare ourselves to other people, and we fill ourselves with a self-loathing that can only hinder our aspirations. We are betraying our true selves and putting out our inner fire, or our agni.

But, then comes the question: Who is my true self?

I cannot answer that for you. In fact, I can’t even answer that for myself just yet. The journey to finding your true self can only be done through self-exploration. Whether it be purging items and people who you feel do not belong in your life or through meditation, it is important to find a way to introduce yourself to the being you truly are.

The journey can be long and arduous. I have heard that it can get scary because we are digging deep into ourselves and learning things that we never knew. Regardless, the end is worth it. Once you find yourself, your true self, only then can you realize your true desires and your true path to happiness.

While our time on this planet is finite, there is so much time to achieve all we desire. It is up to you to go after all that you seek.