What I Learned

I’ve had a week to reflect on my most important desire. What have I learned?

  1. I’ve learned that working on the same theme for a set number of days is fun. Although a week might be too long, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see theme weeks in the future.
  2. I’ve learned that writing the kind of short essays I enjoy writing take up more time than I’d like.
  3. I’ve learned that acting ‘as if’ is a valuable tool for critical introspection.
  4. I’ve learned that there probably isn’t an ‘authentic’ self. However, striving toward a life more closely aligned with one’s personal values is probably a path to living well.
  5. More likely than an authentic self is a collection of authentic selves.
  6. I’ve learned that inauthenticity is when you cannot, for reasons brought about by yourself or others, express yourself or behave according to your closely held values.
  7. I’ve remembered that knowing the meanings of words, and learning new words (and revisiting words I already thought I knew!), is important to me.
  8. And I’ve learned that the most important thing to remember is to remember. So much of what I read this last week is stuff I already knew but forgot to remember.

I have a spectrum of desires and their priority and meaningfulness is constantly shifting. I suppose if I had to lock in on one, my most important desire is to continue growing and learning, to keep striving for eudaimonic well-being.

(100 Days of Blogging: Post 065 of 100)

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