Well, who is “they,” you may be wondering. And the answer is: no one in particular. It’s just a phrase I’ve heard a few times over the course of my introduction to graduate school. I suppose by the time you have entered into a commitment, like a Master’s degree program, for instance, you should know thy self, as Ancient Greeks would say. But I disagree. I’ve found myself, and lost her just as quickly. The woman I found myself to be in college is certainly not the woman sitting at her keyboard typing this blog post today. And that is perfectly okay with me. I enjoy the ever evolving essence that is myself. It keeps me on my toes!
So, maybe grad school isn’t about “finding yourself,” but LIFE definitely IS about finding yourself, and I find myself daily. I hope you do, too. However, should you need a little help getting to know thy self, check out Authentic Happiness. They have TONS of surveys and questionnaires designed to help you develop a better understanding of who you really are, and what makes you tick. If you want to delve even deeper into yourself, my darling psychologist friends recommends researching Attachment Theory, by Bowlby and Ainsworth. Though some may not be ready for that rabbit hole, she warns.
Regardless of how deep you want to dive into yourself, keep moving forward. Daenerys Targaryen frequently reminds me that “If I look back, I am lost.” I stopped looking back and started finding myself. So take that, no one in particular!