Yesterday was the first day of my online class for the summer. Assignment number one was to make a forum post introducing ourselves. Apparently there’s no such thing as escaping the dreaded ice breakers, even in a virtual class. Yay school 😉
Anyway, it seemed easy- you know, the basic name/year/major spiel that is the tried and true go-to for every omg-I-just-met-you-what-do-we-talk-about conversation with someone new in college. To take it one step further, we also had to include a description of ourselves using only seven words.
Sounds simple, right? Well.
As is my nature, I completely panicked and overthought every single one of those seven words, but hey, it got me thinking. There’s so much background to any one word we could pick to describe ourselves: so much context, depth, perceptions, experiences, subconscious, relationships, interests, jobs, dreams… you get the idea. All of those came into play to make you the way you are right now.
If you had to take this description thing seriously and really boil yourself down to just seven words, would you be able to do it? Do you know yourself well enough?
I know taking a step back and looking at yourself, really looking at yourself, can be scary, but you need to do it. When you objectively reflect on the person you are as well as the person you want to be, well, that’s when the most incredible transformations can occur. I don’t mean spending hours in negativity tearing yourself down nor do I mean spending five arrogant seconds in denial of possible self-improvement. What I think is really important is recognizing how you respond to things, how you think, and how you act. Actually, not just the how, but the why. What drives you to keep going? What do you want and why are you going after it? What influences the thoughts going through your head? If something is causing you to be self-destructive (even if not obviously so), don’t you deserve to realize it?
It’s been a strong focus of mine this year to start living the life I want to live and being the person I want to be. Making even the smallest of changes works and you will be able to look back and see how much more content you are after you make time for you. You are worth putting time into yourself. You are worth making what’s best for you a priority. You are worth getting to know the beautiful person you truly are. Being who you aspire to be isn’t superficial, fake, or even ignoring your true self. What you’re doing is changing your mindset, awakening all that you didn’t know you had in you. The journey has always been the same regardless of how many side roads you go down.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” –Maya Angelou
How do you want to be remembered? How do you want to live on in people’s memory? All the material things you have won’t be your legacy; that’s all easily forgotten. You will be remembered for the you you showed the world.
You’ll be remembered for your seven words. While I was in the middle of writing this post I stumbled on The 7-Word Autobiography, published on brainpickings. This article shares the seven-word autobiographies of famous people from musicians and artists to philosophers and scientists to everyone in between. Some weren’t what I was expecting, but I feel many really embody the person that wrote them, even though I have never met (or even heard of, let’s be honest) these people before.
Words are so incredibly powerful and it doesn’t take but a few of them to really make an impact. Think about your seven words and what you want others to take away from them. It’s hard because, again, there’s no room for explanation or backstory, but that’s okay. Let your words lead the way. They’re a representation of you, after all, so they must be amazing. <3
~What’s your 7-word autobiography?