According to the philosopher Paul Ricoeur, we cannot know who we are through interpretation since we are always changing. So, it would be pointless to try to fix this.
But beyond these constant and inevitable changes, one constant remains. A constant that remains true and unchanged throughout our life, a constant that mobilizes our energies and desires, forcing us to continue what we do, despite the obstacles and failures. It is worthwhile to consider what constitutes this constant since it weaves who we are.
This question is subdivided into Who? and What?
Who and what are inseparable, and are the two essential components of who we are. To follow all the tracks throughout our life, the constant that engaged and pushed us forward is to use a tool such as an autobiography. Taken in this context, writing an autobiography is an exercise that must be constantly renewed. The exercise reveals that I am constantly evolving, and that life continues to change me. The telling effect can spare surprises. A good autobiography highlights the crucial moments of our lives during which we affirm who we are by the projects that we have made or wiped out.
The heart of who we are is in continual transformation and ready to continue the effort to accomplish our plans and achieve our desires. The story itself, through an interpretative but frank narrative, is an essential exercise to clarify our understanding. Writing an autobiography can be surprising. In doing so, the past which seemed unpredictable can make more sense, and the future more desirable and attractive than we thought.
if you want to know more about dreams, you will be interested to read the Einstein dreams post .
Grondin, Jean. Paul Ricoeur. Presses Universitaires Françaises, collection Que-Sais-Je, January 2013.