Finding yourself

The world can throw many things in front of us that are what we “should” be aiming to be, and do, and achieve. What this doesn’t help us do is know who we are. “Who am I?” It can be a most difficult question to answer, especially if we keep filling our schedules with more and more things, without taking the time to breathe and figure out what truly lifts our soul and gets us out of bed in the morning.

It has taken me the better part of the thirty-three years of my life to figure out that rest is important. I haven’t yet mastered the art of choosing to rest, actually doing it, and then NOT berating myself for spending time doing what the world would say is “nothing.” Rest is not nothing. Closing your eyes and feeling the breeze on your skin (or heavy wind if you live in a place like Wellington like I do) can be a reminder of the beauty of the world. Taking the time to open your ears and listen to where God is leading can help still the noise in your soul. Watching a few episodes of a funny television show can allay the worries you might have about a working week, even if the show is playing in the background while you zone out.

Who am I? It’s a question I often ask myself, but seldom in moments of calm where my mind can think about an answer coherently. I was reminded of this on Monday, the first day in over a week I felt my mind was clear of fog. Coincidentally I also had my first session with a personal trainer in the morning. The initial goal was to find a permanent solution to my right hamstring and glute not engaging when they should. After just one session I’ve realised it is going to help me improve a lot more than that. Starting a morning with exercise is often talked about as a great way to start a day, by professionals in the field and people who just do it in their everyday life. The benefits span the different areas of our wellbeing; mental health, physical fitness, social engagement, and spiritual wellbeing. As much as we let them anyway.

So, a few answers to this question that has been slowly turning over in my mind: who am I?

I am Hamish. Writer of stories, maker of music, player of ultimate. I enjoy helping people, both to push themselves towards achieving lofty goals, and to better understand how to manage their own wellbeing. I hate seeing active injustice, and seek to encourage respect by all people towards all others. Might seem a little naive, but choosing kindness has yet to steer me wrong.

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What are some of the things that make you, you?

Maybe a more difficult question, but is there anything you are seeking to change? For me, I seek become better at choosing to rest, and allowing myself to gain the benefits from it.

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No one is a better you than you. This is an awesome truth. Hold onto that. Own it.


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5 thoughts on “Finding yourself

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Hamish, it is so nice to know you. I share a lot of similarities with you. I’m still seeking to truly know who I am. And I’m learning more about myself by defining who I’m NOT~I’m not a surface only speaker, I’m not selfish, I’m not mean-spirited, I’m not going to let the world define my success, I’m not shy, but I’m not that social anymore, I’m not going to give into the world’s definition of success, I’m not lazy, I’m not going to conform, …I’m not going to stray away from the calling of my Christ. I’m not going to let people beat down my boundaries. I’m not going to question my self-worth, and I’m not going to accept any truth but Christ. Hamish, I’m not going to give up my friend. I’m not going to stunt my own growth by allowing this world to change me. All we can do in life, as Christ’s followers, is to love him, love others, and stick together on this journey as we find ourselves! And my friend, we are on the right side of heaven. ❤️💛💚

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    1. Hamish says:

      Conversations with you are a blessing. I feel energised to pass on the positivity from them to others in my daily walk through life, and those I connect with here in WordPress. My girlfriend and I (very new thing) really like talking with each other, and this has helped us grow very close in a short span of time.

      This perspective of figuring out what we’re not is very important too. There are so many things we could be, that we need to realize what does not deserve our time. I am not simply a cog in a machine. I am not defined by my achievements. I am a caring human building connections, helping others to fully grow into who they are in Christ too.

      Thank you for sharing so deeply and living so obviously outwardly with the love of Christ in your heart. 💜❤️

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      1. K.L. Hale says:

        What kind words to say to me, Hamish. I feel the exact same way of conversations with you! I think we may be related 💛. I’m so happy to hear of your girlfriend and what I love the most~the communication between you two! Lack of communication has been something that has ruined several of mine. God wants us to share our hearts and minds with our loved ones! “I am snot simply a cog in a machine. I am not defined by my achievements,…I love these! I agree! Thank YOU dear one for being so authentic and sharing your heart and soul with us. May you be filled with peace and blessings today! ❤️💛💚🤗

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  2. inspirechief says:

    These are two of the most powerful words, I Am. God said, I am that I am. These two little words can change your life by describing also what you want to become as if were already happening. I am a published author. I am a financially successful businessman. You are whatever you want to become. This is an excellent article and I enjoyed it. It made me think 🤔. Well done!!

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    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you, Scott, I am humbled by your words. Coming from someone as honest and genuine as yourself, this means a lot. I always appreciate your encouragement to see more than what we are now, to move into what we want to become by visualizing it and taking action, do I am glad this post made you think. Self affirmations have been crucial for me in overcoming the days my depression beats me down. I remind myself of the truth, even if I can’t believe it right at the moment. God provides what we need, when we need it, if we only ask with an open heart.

      Thank you again, my friend. 🙏

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