“Sometimes you have to step outside of the person you’ve been, and remember the person you were meant to be, the person you wanted to be, the person you are.”
— H.G. Wells
I’ve always enjoyed this particular Wells quote. Perhaps because it seems more hopeful to me that many of his other quotes – if you allow yourself to do it, you can keep track of yourself and not get lost in the day-to-day you. And of course, I love the philosophical wrangling involved in separating the projected self from the desired self, from the essential self. But which one were you meant be? I only think I know who I am, and mostly I don’t pretend to be much else (although I do bite my tongue a bit sometimes) – but who am I meant to be? Don’t think I’ve figured that out yet. Discovering yourself – since you certainly can’t run away from yourself – is a part of life. Choosing not to try is, I think, a mistake many of us make. We assume that we are what we’ve allowed ourselves to become. But all of us are multi-faceted – living in a any sort of society actually requires that of us. Retaining an innate sense of self – and understanding that self – keeps helps us keep our balance and keeps our humanity intact.
The photo was taken during a trip through Luray Caverns in 2013 – we go every couple of years, when we have time, because it’s really cool & the exchange students enjoy it.
Originally posted February 2015.