Stumbled across brilliance on the internet today, Maya Angelou’s specifically (even more specifically, on the site that is a curated collection of brilliance, Brainpickings). It captures the most basic truth of my daily life:
“Identity is something that you are constantly earning … a process that you must be active in.”
What’s even deeper, to me, is that this conversation—between Bill Moyers and Maya Angelou—was titled about “Freedom.”
I do often feel that I am trying to free myself from bindings I don’t understand — are they from my parents? my own childhood coping devices? my youthful decisions about who I had to be in my search for “the safe place?”
So this resonated deeply with me. I do wake up every day feeling I am earning my place. In what, I’m not so sure. Actually, I’m working to earn my place in myself.
And perhaps that is identity at its core, after all.
Go read the rest of Maya’s brilliance. And share with me your thoughts. I do know, so much, that the conversations I have with other seekers help me feel I am earning my way.
I bow to you all in namaste for your service in that mission.