Life

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

By Danny Brown

Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Purveyor of not settling for the status quo. Aspiring to be many things. Never says no to a good single malt.

Comments (2)
  1. Frank Fickinson August 30, 2015 at 1:49 am

    This one got me to thinking my friend.

    Reminds me of the John Lennon quote: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

    I have always found the idea of “finding myself” an empty promise. The thought of searching for some form of me that is found “out there” is a concept that leaves me cold and unfulfilled.

    Simply put, it’s bad philosophy.

    It’s bad teleology. It’s not how the design (or chaos) of the world works.

    If I need to “find” myself – I’d better get my ass in gear and start working. Step by step. Through each decision, action and evaluation I create the life that becomes me.

    Create well – with intention, integrity and insight – things go well and I find happiness and satisfaction.

    Make plans, get busy and participate in the unfolding of your life.

    That’s my take bud.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiration starter.

    • Danny Brown August 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi mate,

      You know, it’s funny – I was hesitant about posting this, because it’s so “short” and not what we’re told a blog post should be. But then I thought – isn’t that the whole point behind Pure Blogging, to post anything and everything about what we’re thinking at that moment? So, glad to see it inspired such thinking.

      I’ve always been wary of the phrase “to find myself” – like you say, it’s a false dichotomy that has little relevance in the “real world”. Do we really think a six month trek around Asia will help us discover the person we are inside? Maybe – personally, I think that comes with simply living life, and seeing how we react to different experiences.

      We don’t need a trip to do that – but maybe it spurs us into actual self-reflection, and then seeing who we really are?

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