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Have you ever wondered why you make the choices you do? Understanding yourself can bring clarity, peace, and a renewed sense of purpose. David Bowie once said, ‘Never play to the gallery…. Always remember that the reason you started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest, you would understand more about yourself.’

The weight of expectations—both our own and those imposed by others—can obscure our path and make happiness seem like an elusive dream. But there’s a way to navigate this lifescape that brings clarity, peace, and a sense of control: understanding yourself.

Why We Do What We Do

Have you ever paused to wonder why you make the choices you do? It’s a fundamental question that can lead to profound self-discovery. The late, great David Bowie once said, “Never play to the gallery…. Never work for other people in what you do. Always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest in some way, you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society.”

The Artist Within

When Bowie spoke of artists, he wasn’t just talking about painters or musicians. He was referring to anyone with a desire to create—whether you’re a yoga practitioner, a baker, a programmer, or any other kind of creator. Being an artist means using your craft to explore your inner world and express it in a way that brings you closer to understanding who you are.

Embracing Self-Discovery

Self-discovery is a deeply personal journey. It’s about tuning into your inner voice and understanding your true desires, motivations, and fears. This process can be incredibly liberating and is essential for finding inner peace.

  1. Reflect on Your Passions: What activities make you lose track of time? These are often clues to what genuinely makes you happy and fulfilled. Whether it’s cooking, writing, or exercising, engage in these activities without the pressure of external validation.
  2. Listen to Your Inner Voice: Spend quiet moments reflecting on your thoughts and feelings. Meditation and mindfulness practices can help you connect with your inner self and gain insights into your true nature.
  3. Challenge Expectations: Don’t let societal expectations dictate your path. As Bowie advised, avoid fulfilling other people’s expectations and focus on what feels right for you.

Finding Inner Peace

Understanding yourself better is the first step towards achieving inner peace. When you are aligned with your true self, you naturally find a sense of calm and contentment. This inner peace comes from knowing and accepting who you are and living authentically.

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Being present in the moment can reduce anxiety and help you appreciate the simple joys of life. Mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing and meditation, can anchor you in the present and cultivate a sense of peace.
  2. Self-Acceptance: Embrace your imperfections and be kind to yourself. Self-acceptance is crucial for inner peace as it allows you to love yourself unconditionally, flaws and all.
  3. Let Go of Control: Understand that you can’t control everything in life. Letting go of the need to control every aspect can relieve stress and lead to a more peaceful existence.

Your Path Forward

Your journey of self-discovery and the pursuit of inner peace is unique to you. By understanding yourself better and embracing your true nature, you can navigate life with a renewed sense of purpose and joy. Remember, the answers you seek are already within you. Trust in your inner calling, and let it guide you towards a life of fulfillment and peace.


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