“Perhaps, self- actualisation, if it’s something that we should truly be striving for, is not a goal to be met just one time in our lives,” goes an article in Psychology Today.
The article’s title is: When Do You Really Become Yourself?
In it, Jen Kim writes about how she has achieved the things she’d always longed for but isn’t sure that she feels “particularly different or fulfilled”.
“Have I really grown into a better or different person, the person I was supposed to be?” she questions.
She examines the concept of self-actualisation, the top of the pyramid in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is described “as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming”.
To do the things that make you truly happy.
“But here’s the problem,” Kim writes.
“What if the thing that makes you happy today doesn’t make you happy a decade later?”
Maybe self-actualisation, Kim says, is a goal that we must continuously strive for.
“It’s a never-ending, constantly evolving, real-time acceptance that our full potential, just like our tastes and values, are strange and unpredictable—that ultimately, we are never set in stone,” she says.
We are never set in stone. What a marvellous thought.