Why do we do the things we do?
You could spend your entire life not fully knowing who you are. Is that how life works? A man on his death bed will discover how he truly will act when faced with the imminent end to his life. Even in his dying moment, who he truly is will rise to the surface, the last gasp of air before returning to the unknowable void.
You can spend your life living as an image, a photocopy of other people’s expectations or you can live as you truly are, an original. Most people live in between. After all, you won’t know yourself fully until your dying day.
You don’t have to live to be 70 or 80 years old to know yourself. You just have to die. Or at least almost die.
Pia Nazareno Acevedo is a life coach and she almost died. After an experience like that… I can’t even see the bottom of that ocean. I can only imagine what one would find down there. You’ll find what is most important to you. You’ll find the people who matter most. You’ll find the you without the excuses, the apologies or the explanations. Without quotations or parenthesis. The you who does not change. The child of spring and the man of winter inseparable.
I’ve never had a near death experience so I don’t know. And like most people, we’ll probably take the long way. Keep swimming down, learning to hold our breath longer each time. Until we get there. Until we know. Until we die.
There are days when we’ll drown. It’s ok. I know a great swim coach. She almost died learning. She can show you a lot without giving you the answers. Because the only answers that matter anyway come from you.
You can learn more about her at The One Core.
Her organization helps people make better life decisions. Whether it’s about family, career or something personal, she can help you keep swimming to a depth you never knew you had in you.
When you know yourself, very little in the world can bother you. And I just really don’t want to be bothered.