We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be. (Anne Lamott)
When I say I’m trying to find my true self — who I really am — you can be sure I already know the truth, but that I don’t like who I really am.
Joseph Campbell (drawing a parallel with the snake that sheds a layer of skin it has outgrown) said, “The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” But, in actuality, a snake’s new skin is already there, beneath the old one … and it begins to appear as the old skin peels away.
Anne Lamott’s article (first posted on oprah.com, and shared on Soulseeds) is called Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be: Where to Start.