There was this scene in a movie I watched yesterday; a sort of motivator was telling his followers that they should stop being who the others want for them to be and become who they are meant to be.
You’ve probably heard something similar many times. Myself, I think I’ve said and written stuff along these lines a few times.
This morning, however, a question was there, lingering on the periphery of my perception during my meditation.
Meant by who or what?
If you believe that life is fully scripted, then how can I know if being who the others want isn’t exactly what’s planned for me? Or in general, maybe even evil people are part of the script. So, whatever I’ll be and do, I supposed it is what I’m meant to be and do by definition.
If you believe that you are the sole author of your choices within a given playground, then the question remains. Meant by who? Me?
Maybe it’s an entirely irrelevant question. As Viktor Frankl wrote, “We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life“.
So, I should worry less about who I’m meant to be and focus on who I want to be today.