How I Created Myself and My Life with George Bernard Shaw’s Words
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
These words were written in a book that I read when I was a college student.
The book was “The Man of Destiny”, a biography of George Bernard Shaw,
the Irish playwright who won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I was impressed by the book, but I didn’t understand the meaning deeply at that time.
I didn’t know who I was, what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to go.
After graduation, I started looking for a job, but I couldn’t get hired anywhere.
I had no confidence in myself, and I couldn’t find my strengths or characteristics.
I wanted to go on a journey of self-discovery, but I had no money or time.
I was at a loss.
Then, I remembered Shaw’s words by chance.
Life wasn’t about finding myself, but creating myself.
I decided to work on creating myself instead of finding myself.
I challenged myself to things that I was interested in or curious about.
I read books, watched movies, listened to music.
I was especially fascinated by Shaw’s plays.
His masterpieces such as “Pygmalion”, “Man and Superman”, and “Saint Joan” gave me new perspectives and emotions.
I participated in volunteer work and internships, and enjoyed traveling and sports.
I met and talked with various people, and learned from them.
“Man and Superman” – George Bernard Shaw
“Saint Joan” – George Bernard Shaw
Then, little by little, I saw what I liked, what I was good at, and what I wanted to do.
I worked hard to improve them.
I started to live as myself.
And one day, I was blessed with an unexpected opportunity.
The representative of the volunteer organization that I joined was acquainted with the president of a company. The company was running a theater company that performed Shaw’s plays. I was introduced to the president and had an interview. I spoke honestly about my experiences and thoughts. I told him that I loved Shaw’s plays and what I learned from him. I promoted myself. I had confidence in myself.
And then, I was hired by the company. I got the job that was my dream. It was a job of translating Shaw’s plays. I was happy.
I thanked Shaw for his words.
Life wasn’t about finding myself but creating myself.
By creating myself, I created my life.
Many of his books did not include “George,” and he wrote under the name “Bernard Shaw,”
because he hated the first name “George” from a young age.
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