Growing up, I was (and still am) a huge fan of The Lion King. One of my greatest lessons from the movie was to always “REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE.” Not only was this a remarkable lesson shared between father and son, but it is also a gentle reminder for everyone. Although the phrase has various interpretations, I will present to you my conceptualization:
Remember Who You Are- (v.) Signifies the importance of keeping your morals, values, and history in mind when navigating life and when facing challenges. It’s the process of self-reflecting on the qualities, strengths, and assets that are at the core of your being and using them as resilience factors 🔑.
As we are all journeying through life based on our own terms and conditions, life has a way of testing us in various ways. The occasional roadblock, flat tire, and the twists and turns of our paths may lead us to our desired destination at a later time or even reroute us to a new destination altogether. However, it’s important to remember that life is all about the choices that we make, and during these times the choices are either to continue moving forward, remain where you are, or to go back 💫.
Although remaining where you are and going back are options, I am a strong advocate for MOVING FORWARD! As I continue to embark upon my own journey, I’ve realized that sometimes in order for you to move forward, you actually have to go back 💡.
Reasons to Go Back
- To remember who you are…Self-reflection
- To see how far you’ve come…Self-preservation
- To identify how you can make a change…Self-motivation
Last month when I provided a personal update I shared that I am currently looking for post graduate positions to jumpstart my career. Within my search many of the positions that I am coming across happen to be out of state. If you really know me, then you know that I’ve always said that I want to live and work in Orlando, FL as my way of giving back to my community and being the change that I wish to see in the area. As I am optimistically preparing myself for the next phase of my journey, a part of my recent self-reflection occurred as I simply opened my senior yearbook from high school. Not only was it great to see see how far I have come, but it was also a remarkable experience re-reading the notes that friends and associates wrote about me, our time together, and their well wishes.
I wanted to share this with you all because while I read the notes in my yearbook, I had an epiphany, which lead to my conceptualization of the phrase “Remember Who You Are.” While reading their notes, I realized that the core qualities, strengths, and characteristics that I have now, were the same assets that my high school friends and associates saw and gravitated to years ago. With this epiphany, I realized that we as humans truly do have all that we need within us to succeed in life and to be who we were called to be. It’s kind of like our internal hard drive. Yet, we must make the choice to tap into those assets to become who we were meant to be (free-will).
I challenge you to take some time to self-reflect. Do so by asking yourself these questions:
- Is the person that I am presenting myself as today who I want to be?
- Is this version the best version of me?
- What qualities, strengths, and characteristics make me unique?
- How can I use these assets moving forward?
As a parting note, in this same scene in The Lion King, Mufasa also tells Simba “You are more than what you’ve become…you must take your place in the circle of life.” While we are all making great strides to being the best versions of ourselves, it’s important for us to self-reflect to identify who we are, so that we can tap into the assets that are in our internal hard drive and rightfully take our place in society.
Motivational Scripture 🙏🏽
2 Peter 1:3- “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”