Tuesday, March 11, 2014

All My Life

All my life I had been looking for something, 
and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. 
 I accepted their answers too, 
though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.  
I was naïve. 
 I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, 
and only I, could answer.  
It took me a long time 
and much painful boomeranging of my expectations 
to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: 
 that I am nobody but myself.  
~Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"~