One of my guru once said, that “You are what you think”, if what you have in mind is a tangling complicated piece of turd, then you are a tangling complicated piece of turd. If you keep a lot of butterflies in your daily thoughts then you are a combinations of butterflies. Of course it’s a metaphor because by being a tangling complicated piece of turd doesn’t mean that you’re actually a disgusting pile of crap lying on the floor, as much as that being a butterfly doesn’t mean that you were once a caterpillar which transformed to a chrysalis then sleeps for a couple of weeks in order to fly and start making wild tornados in another part of the earth with your tiny insignificant wing.
My guru is one of the smartest and wise man I’ve ever known, but I have to disagree with him this time. Leaning our identity solely on what we think about doesn’t sound right to me. Let put it this way, if you keep thinking that you are a smart man without actually making the effort on being one, then you are a NOT smart man, hence you are not what you think you are. On the other side, if you keep thinking that you are a stupid man and because of that you keep learning and asking questions to people who knows better than you, I’m sure not many people would dare to call you stupid. Ironic? I know. Then again, you are not what you think you are.
I personally like the manifesto “You are what you think”. I find it beautiful and motivating. Unfortunately, it’s not. Our true self, our identity, our humanity and our individuality pretty much relies on what we do consistently, on hourly basis, on daily basis, on monthly basis, or on yearly basis. We called it a habit. Without neglecting the importance of necessary and logical thought processing, what formed us–as a human being, as an individual–actually is our habit.
If you consistently wake up in the morning, you are a morning person. If you write in a daily basis for years, then you are a writer–regardless anyone publishes it or not. If you keep quitting your job when everything gets though then you are a quitter. If you keep doing amazing things and create something awesome persistently, then you are an awesomer. I you keep loving everyone surrounds you and keep their heart warm then you are nothing but a lover.
If you are a pessimist and hate being one, don’t sulk and rot in the dark corner of your room, start and keep doing anything that would make you feel good about yourself, your work and your dreams. If you are an insecure kinda guy, start and keep building a strong mental shield by embracing yourself, salvage your strength and accept your flaws. Do that consistently, you probably would metamorphose from an ugly ticklish and greedy caterpillar who eats its own egg to a gorgeous butterfly capable of making tornado thousand miles away.
You are what you keep on doing.