Rooting Yourself in Your Origins: A Journey of Self-Discovery

This is our 3rd post regarding this special journey that we are running together. If you have missed the first ones, please check our blog to have access to it. As we can see every single day In a rapidly changing world, it's easy to lose touch with our roots and the values that define us as individuals. "Rooting yourself in your heritage" goes beyond a specific location; it's about rediscovering the essence of who you are and where you come from. In this blog post, we'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and explore how understanding your origins can enrich your life in profound ways.

Guilherme Oliveira

9/22/20234 min read

Embracing Your Cultural Heritage

Each of us carries a unique cultural identity, shaped by our family, traditions, and experiences. Whether you hail from a long line of ancestors in a particular region or have a diverse background, embracing your cultural identity is a celebration of diversity and unity. Explore the customs, values, and shared experiences that make up your cultural tapestry. Dive into the flavors of traditional cuisine, and appreciate the unique influences that have shaped your identity. But one Alert, it does not mean that you are your past, and family traditions, it means that they do influence you even if you are not aware, for good or bad, they are! So understanding it will help you to improve your life in ways that you may not be aware of!

Discovering Your Family History

Your family's journey is a microcosm of history itself. Talk to your parents, grandparents, and extended family members about their experiences, their challenges, and their successes. By understanding your family's role in the broader human story, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made and the values that have been passed down through generations. We take for granted so many nowadays, that it is unbelievable. I caught myself complaining about the heat!! Can you imagine what your ancestors have done to only be here exploring the new land of the USA? Murderers, jungles, Indians, diseases, no water, no power, no utilities!! And when our AC goes off for many people their life is broken! Keeping this in mind let's think more objectively about what is essential to ourselves. (by the way I do love AC but I do not let it ruin my life or my mood).

Exploring Your Ancestral Roots

Modern technology allows us to explore our ancestral roots in fascinating ways. Consider using genealogy websites and DNA testing services to uncover your family's history. You might be surprised by the diverse regions and cultures that contribute to your heritage. Exploring your ancestral roots can be a journey of revelation and connection to the broader human experience. A lot of hidden behaviors are based on our family old daily habits, that probably were passed for centuries to the next generation. Understanding your past will make you analyze and choose which behaviors are aligned with your goals and which ones are not! As an example my family always were hard workers, working in farms, factories, labor intensive work, and now a days my work in the real estate industry is much more online (paperwork, contracts etc.) way less labor intensive , where i caught myself creating new tasks into my business where i could use manual work, as clearing my lands, suing machinery as special lawn mowers and tractors, which I a LOT OF HARD work but brings me a lot of fulfillment, probably associated to generations and generations of hard work people in my family.

Connecting with Your Hometown

Whether you were born in a bustling city or a serene countryside, your hometown is an integral part of your story. Even if you've moved away, taking the time to visit your hometown can evoke a profound sense of nostalgia and appreciation for your origins. Walk familiar streets, visit iconic landmarks, and connect with the people who share your hometown pride. This is a challenge for myself as an immigrant (exactly as your family did a hundred years ago, unless you are indian!) I am settling in this region, and lack of past known landscapes always challenge me to create an extra care of a specific city or location. However, I noticed that after a few years WORKING on a specific location creates “affection” for the area, and rooting myself due to knowing local people and friends. For ME, working creates rooting feelings, and may be through working on a project or on my own mini-ranch that brings more and more happiness and profound attachment to the area, neighbors and community.

Reflecting on Your Values

Your origins play a significant role in shaping your core values and beliefs. Take a moment to reflect on the principles that are most important to you as an individual. Are they influenced by historical events, the lessons you've learned from your family, or the experiences that have shaped your life? Understanding the connection between your values and your origins can provide a sense of clarity and purpose in your journey. My core values are the same that I have learned from my parents and family. I like a lot of them so I kept, but a few values I believe are not aligned with my goals and intentions. which I work to consciously work out of it, adding new habits to replace them through clear analysis and meditations to make it more clear to me. Changing is not easy, demands energy and effort, but I guarantee it is worthy!

The Power of Rooting Yourself to Your Origins

In a world of constant change, reconnecting with our origins can be a source of strength and meaning. Whether it's embracing your cultural identity, exploring your family's history, or reflecting on your core values, the journey of self-discovery can enrich your life in countless ways. By rooting yourself in your heritage, you not only gain a deeper understanding of who you are but also a renewed sense of pride and connection to the rich tapestry of humanity. So, embark on this journey and rediscover the enduring significance of your unique story.