I am nobody but myself…

“All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was.  I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.  I was naïve.  I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.  It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with:  that I am nobody but myself. “~Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”

We ask everyone else around us about us … about what do they think we would like, what do they think we should do … but deep within us the answer to all our confusing questions are kept.  We are really nobody but ourselves, and we can hide behind anyone, any situation, behind loved ones, pretend to be someone else, do things we really don’t want to do … but every so often we have to accept the true us … the reality of who we actually are.  You cannot hide from the mirror of your soul.


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