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Returning to Yourself

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I live in London and as a Londoner, the tube (underground rail) is for me the best way to travel around London. As I pass through my local station, my eye is always drawn to the billboard, which is just before the ticket barriers. Sometimes written on the board, there is train information, other times there is a "hello, have a nice day" and every now and then there is a quote listed on. As I was walking past, the one above particularly caught my attention, particularly the word "unlearning" (ill tell you why in a minute). This quote in particular struck me, so I decided to search for it, to see who wrote it and it turns out there is more to the quote.

The quote is from Emily McDowell and the full quote goes like this:

Finding yourself is not really how it works.

You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket.

You are also not lost.

Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are.

"Finding yourself" is actually returning to yourself.

An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering of who you were, before the world got its hands on you.

This quote, particularly resonated with me, because it sums up the work that I do. Unlearning, in particular, unlearning things that you thought were true. You learned them, because they made sense at the time, because you were not able to see things another way, your mind was a sponge and was absorbing things, you had to be that way, because you were open to the world around you and all its possibilities.

Now maybe its time to unlearn those things, release, let-go and return to yourself, your true self.




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