“When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be.”– Rumi
I know Rumi. Well, I don’t actually know Rumi, as he died quite some time ago. But I’ve seen Rumi’s quotes around on social media, and he’s a hero for many who seek wisdom and guidance. Unlike a lot of other quotes about positivity, there was something about Rumi’s words that resonated with me. Enough for me to research who Rumi was, to enjoy reading more of Rumi’s wisdom, and to want to share it.
I wanted to explore Rumi’s quote “When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be”. We can read this in many ways, but no matter how you interpret it, you will always arrive at the same place. To move forward, you need to let go of your past failures, pain, relationships. Anything that is locked within, causing you to remain where you are, stuck in a rut. Who you are now can be the person you will always be, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Turning to popular culture, even Kylo Ren had a Rumi moment:
Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. It’s the only way to become who you were meant to be.Kylo Ren – The Last Jedi
Who is going to argue with the grandson of Darth Vader?
But seriously, it’s easy to refer to a random Rumi quote and advise people to move forward. But I haven’t always been able to do this myself. And that is the whole point of Rumi’s wisdom. To acknowledge that the person you are is who you will always be unless you are open to change. And to change is to accept that who you are may need some work, perhaps even a complete overhaul. That’s a tough call for most of us, I know it’s tough for me.
Look at yourself in the mirror and be honest. It’s only you – there’s nobody around to impress, or joke with, or to make you feel embarrassed. It’s just you. Are you 100 percent happy with the person you are? I am sure some of you reading this will answer “yes”. And that’s great, if you’re being honest. But nobody is perfect, and chasing perfection is a fool’s errand.
My interpretation of Rumi’s wisdom is to understand that everyone has flaws, and everyone has made mistakes. And if you choose not to grow beyond those mistakes, you will never become the person who can learn to rectify them. You will never become a better version of yourself. If only I had known about Rumi when I was a kid. I probably would have felt a lot less like a failure and a lot more like someone who had the strength to change.
Which is why I know that it takes more than a sentence from a poet to change. It takes hard work and dedication to succeed, and you will more than likely fail. Perhaps several times. But if you can understand that without change you can never improve, you will eventually succeed. And then you’ll be able to write about how you read a quote from Rumi that inspired you to look at who you are from the inside out, and perhaps you’ll find who you truly want to be there, too.