By: Vera Suzette Saquian

Have you ever felt that something was missing in your life? That no matter what you do, there is still a hole inside you waiting to be filled? Have you been in a situation where you were asked about yourself and were asked to share your opinion about it then suddenly you couldn’t just give any answer? If so, then you haven’t truly known yourself yet. 

Last November 16, 2018, AISAT aviators were given the chance to discover themselves through the Recollection held at Homitori Dormitel. Students tried to explain how important it is to know themselves and how crucial it is when making friends and deciding for themselves

Two takeaways from the event: finding one’s purpose and learning to forgive.

Cliche as it is, life is full of challenges and in order to conquer them, one must know how to deal with them first within himself and must later reflect the knowledge of oneself in his life choices. Through this, he will be able to find one’s purpose in life despite struggles and confusions.There are cases though where people tend to do things just to earn popularity then end up empty. Some even tend to hurt others just to feel more confident and superior and end up confused for they have not really developed their identity along the way.

According to a Japanese belief, people have three faces:The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are. These faces may define us, but they do not define as a whole. Who we truly are is inside us, waiting to be discovered. It is a treasure that is worth  waiting and findingfor.

Another factor of knowing oneself is to forgive. Forviging means being free from shackles of distressful anger and deep sadness. If one learns to forgive, he will understand the grand scheme of things that matter in life. Forgiveness is a way to peace and love– love both for yourself and others. One may not be able to change the past, but he surely can change what is ahead of him. Yes, some people may have hurt you, but doing the same thing doesn’t drive out the darkness, it just makes things even darker.

With all these, knowing oneself is forgiving, savoring grief and pain and learning from them, and eventually loving onesef despite vulnerabilities.