Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I probably first heard this quote in college over 20 years ago and it has always resonated with me. As an introvert, I have always been very reflective and have examined and re-examined my life, which has usually resulted in improvements and a better life.
However, when I originally heard this quote, I was still trying to figure out “what was wrong with me.” I didn’t understand my introversion or how my mind naturally operated. I was studying Psychology and Philosophy to an effort to “fix” whatever it was that wrong with me.
It took some time, but through various events, circumstances, and study, combined with some serious reflection, I figured out that I was an introvert. I also came to understand what this really means — and more importantly, that many strengths come with being an introvert. Over the years as I examined myself and my introversion, I thought often about writing and sharing my insights. Finally I started blogging last year at this time. This is my 140th post!
The first few months of blogging were easy. I had many ideas that had been rolling around in my head for the last few years. After I had covered the topics at the top of my mind, the writing got harder and I had to stretch myself to put some ideas together. I read a lot more books, blog posts, and websites. And reflected, reflected and reflected. And mostly I reflected on what was going on with me that week as I wrote a new post. What I found was I was getting even stronger as I pushed myself and also put my ideas in writing. I am living the “examined” life. As a result of this examination, I have a much better understanding of myself. My self-confidence has soared, relationships have become stronger and my productivity and organization have increased exponentially from learning to work within my strengths. So while Socrates says that “the unexamined life is not worth living” I know the “examined” life can be quite amazing.