Saturday, March 12, 2011

knowing oneself

There are some things that I know I can do if I put my mind to it, and others that no matter how hard I try that I will never, ever manage to do, such as wrestling. It's just not something that I will ever attempt to do either. Why am I being so dramatic? Well, it's just that one must know ones limitations and strengths and work towards one's goals keeping them in mind. Does it make any sense to fight against one's limitations and not use one's strengths instead? No, not to me. I know what I'm good at and how much I can do, and within those frames I can push myself to excel and broaden my horizons, but in a different sphere, I'd be lost. We must know ourselves well enough to know what we can achieve.

Why am I getting so philosophical? Well, it's partly because now I am a mother and I think about all the things that I will say to my daughter to inspire her, to guide her and to mentor her in the right way. My father always knew my strengths and weaknesses when he guided me in my career choice when I went to college and I hope to be able to do the same with my daughter.


shilpa said...

sigh! my biggest fears - I might not measure upto what she expects and I might not know what to advice her.

Shalini said...

For me too Shilpa. It's such a big responsibility and I hope that I can do the right thing when the time comes.