There are many major life decisions to be made when you enter the real world, which can lead to a bit of an identity crisis. For all these years you’ve been able to organize yourself into neat little categories: student at the University of Somewhere, sorority or fraternity member, leader of an organization, captain of a sports team…
As you leave those personal identifiers in the past, your sense of self may become less clear. Who are you now? More importantly, who do you want to be?
2017 is a new year to answer these questions. Here are seven ways to work toward rediscovering yourself:
1. Take a class or find a new hobby
Have you always wanted to make pottery? Do you have a passion for photography and a desire to learn more about taking great photos? Find a place nearby that offers courses in a subject you’re interested in learning about.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley has a variety of classes starting in the coming weeks. I’m considering signing up for a creative writing class myself!
Although it’s tempting to spend your free time Netflix binging, losing yourself in a good book can help you find yourself. Keep an eye out for our recommendations.
3. Reconnect with old friends
If you’re unsure of who you are right now, talking to an old friend can remind you of who you once were and help you decide who you want to be.
4. Spend some time alone
Sometimes when you rely too much on others you forget that you can be your own best company. Take yourself out for coffee or treat yourself to a shopping spree as a reminder of how awesome you are.
5. Eliminate the excess
My sentimental tendencies sometimes put me on the verge of being a hoarder. I recently found a box of “get well” cards my Girl Scout troop made me in 2001…
Take a fresh look at all of the belongings you’ve accumulated and consider which ones are worth holding onto. It feels liberating to get rid of things that no longer matter, and the process can be a reminder of what’s most important to you.
6. Make time for self-reflection
Writing things down can help you put them into a new perspective. Making time to journal can lead to self discoveries. Not the writing type? I think the app 1 Second Everyday is the coolest thing! When you download the app, you can work to create a stunning video mashup of your year. What an awesome way to reflect on your world.
7. Create a vision board
This year I scrapped the New Year’s Resolution thing and instead I am opting to make a vision board. In a nutshell, a vision board is a visual tool to help you focus on working toward a life goal. If you want to learn more about this and figure out how to get started on your own, check out this article by the Huffington Post.
Do you have any other ideas for rediscovering yourself? Tell us in the comments!