Honesty is one of the greatest virtues in life. In spite of this, it can be your friend, as much as it can be your enemy depending on the situation. Nevertheless, do we really know the meaning of honesty? In a dictionary you might find that honesty is “the quality of being honest.” But this doesn’t say too much, right? Even in the definition of honesty lies the word “honest.” Thus, we can rephrase the question to: What does the quality of being honest mean? Well, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, being honest is “telling the truth or being able to be trusted and not likely to steal, cheat, or lie.” However, honesty is more than telling the truth or being trusted. It goes to a deeper context.
Some individuals might argue that being fully honest is a negative thing. Some will argue that being fully honest is the best thing to do. As our definition says, ”telling the truth” is honesty; however, are we as individuals able to handle the truth? Truth, like honesty, could be our biggest enemy or our best friend. For example, by being truly honest one can hurt somebody’s feelings. Consequently, the truth became the enemy. On the contrary, telling the truth might help a person improve their lifestyle; truth became their best friend.
But, what about us? What does the truth do to us as individuals? Being true to yourself might be one of the hardest things to do in life. It is accepting and knowing who you are. It is knowing your strengths, weaknesses, limitations, passions, talents, and purpose in life. It is when individuals live their lives without thinking what others might say, pleasing others or even copying someone else’s goals or achievements. It is finding what works for you in life; it is what defines YOU and makes you whole.
Finding the truth in oneself is extremely important and hard; however, it is not impossible. Finding who you are takes time and effort. You might not even figure it out until you’re very old, but that is completely fine.. After all, with each experience and adventure we go through in the journey of life, we find the answer bit by bit.
When we are little, entering school, one might know what their name is, what color they like, what sport they like, etc. When we are in high school we will start discovering what our talents are, what we like to do, what are our strengths and weaknesses, and so on. This will continue until we are very old, which will be the time period where you finally experienced enough to say who you truly are.