I loved this piece by Gretchen Rubin on self awareness published over at Psych Central! Now, in my mid 50’s, and trying to discover what I really want to be when I grow up, Gretchen really delivers the tools to get to the REAL answers. I’ve long held the belief that the key to finding the right answers lies in asking the right questions.
Enjoy the article! And let us know if you think she might have missed some questions. How self aware are you?
Do You Know Thyself? Questions to Ask Yourself by Gretchen Rubin
A key–perhaps the key–to a happy life is self-knowledge, because as the Fifth Splendid Truth holds, I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature. In my own case, I’ve found that the more my life reflects my real interests, values, and temperament, the happier I become.
But it’s very hard to know ourselves. It’s easy to be distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what is actually true. There’s a certain sadness to self-knowledge.
As Christopher Alexander observed:
It is hard, so terribly hard, to please yourself. Far from being the easy thing that it sounds like, it is almost the hardest thing in the world, because we are not always comfortable with that true self that lies deep within us.
Here is a list of questions meant to help you think about yourself, your daily habits, your nature, and your interests.
There are no right or wrong answers; they’re fodder for reflection.