After the entitled album from one of my favorite rock groups as a pre-teen, I look at this question from quite a different perspective nowadays.
Without going too far down the rabbit hole, we can find out much about ourselves by our past behavior. If we don’t like what we see, then we can engage in new experiences and change how we react. This is how we begin to shape and define who we are.
We can talk all day long about how “giving” of a person we are, but if our actions don’t support that, then we’re kidding ourselves.
There are times when we seek out “goals” and “challenges” because we inherently know it’s in these difficult moments when we can see our true selves come out in full form. You may not like it or maybe you do. But, it’s in these “real” – and albeit chaotic times – when we establish the boundaries of who we are as people and discover what we’re made of.
As we move through life we tend to draw upon these past experiences when we’re unsure whether we can rise to the next challenge. When we do, we are building a foundation that we will utilize for years to come. We’re forming our character.
Just as “trust” takes years to earn and moments to destroy, so is your character.
Who are you?