I asked this question to myself when I started the mission to find
my inner fire. “I am Narita.” That was my first answer. A voice
inside me said, “This is my name, this is not ME.” I was baffled
at the truthfulness of the reply. I tried giving a different answer, “I
am a confident, independent girl.” This answer was also rejected
by my inner voice saying that ‘girl’ is my gender and ‘confident,
independent’ are my qualities, none of them are ME. I tried one
last time to prove myself correct. I was sure this time I would win.
I stood in front of a mirror and said proudly to my inner self, ‘Hey
look, this is ME’. I heard a mild laugh blended in the reply, “This is
my body; this is not ME either.” I was taken aback by the profound
replies I received each time. The simple question, “Who am I” left
me feeling incapacitated. I was dismayed, probably you too are
right now, but more than that I was intrigued. If I am not what I
answered, then who exactly am I? Who would answer that for me?
If I did not know who I am, how could anyone else ever know or
understand who am I?