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find (oneself)

1. To discover and pursue one's true and inherent character, passion, skill, or vocation. I know you're unhappy in your job, so I think you should take some time off to really find yourself. Many students leave college and realize that they still have yet to find themselves.
2. To discover, recognize, or realize one's location, thoughts, or sentiments. Lost in a deep reverie, I suddenly found myself in a neighborhood I didn't recognize. I find myself inclined to agree with the professor's assessment.
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find oneself

1. Become aware of what one wishes and can best do in life. For example, At last he's found himself-he really loves teaching. The same idea was sometimes put as to find one's feet, transferring a baby's new ability to stand or walk to a person becoming conscious of his or her abilities. [Late 1800s]
2. Discover where one is; also, how one is feeling. For example, He suddenly found himself on the right street, or To my surprise I find myself agreeing with you. [Mid-1400s]
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As a social or psychological scientist one may sometimes find oneself becoming a philosopher, a neuroscientist or even a physicist when trying to make sense of highly complex issues such as the nature of human thought, action and perception.
The compelling descriptions of what it is like to brief a mission; creep through a pitch-black jungle, pursued by enemies; find oneself at the receiving end of a cluster-bomb attack; and experience extraction by helicopter from a hot pickup zone make it difficult to put this book down.
But to listen to the entire work from beginning to end is to find oneself getting distracted by other things about halfway through, since none of the individual sections of the work seems to be progressing in any real way from one point to another.
It can take a long time to find oneself. "Heartland Sonnets" is a collection of poetry from Steven Higgins as he draws upon the inspiration he had over two years when he was trying to find himself.
THERE can be few more depressing places to find oneself in than the accident and emergency department of one of our major hospitals, whether as a patient or merely to lend moral support to a loved one.
It is much more rare, however, to find oneself at the nexus of a set of opportunities that make it possible to make a greater contribution than the original objective.
"The beers and food served at their brewery and restaurant are well worth sampling should one find oneself in the area."
What does it mean to "find oneself between heaven and the abyss?" Is there true ecstasy in the experience of flying?
To use a colloquial phrase I consider the location not one in which to find oneself `caught short'.
In each book, he tells what really happens in war and what it is like to find oneself a small pawn in an overwhelmingly chaotic, yet extremely important, situation.
The glass cliff is still a precarious place to find oneself, however.
But above all, the letters leave us with some truly lyrical writing about the Nile: "How pleasant it is to find oneself in a beautiful country once more, in this glorious plain, all surrounded by those violet-coloured hills, with rich fields bordering the blue Nile, and groves of palm trees and acacias, and tamerisks (quite a new sight), overshadowing the ruins of a world."
And yet the work--from the point of view of words and images--with its constant woof and warp of despairs and affirmations and joys of Arab life can be entered, as if beginning were everywhere, at any given point, and one can find oneself in its meanings and revealed truths, so much so, with its dynamism of chanceless chance and destined accident/incident so much a part of the texture of the poems, I was impelled to compare it to the Chinese Book of Changes, at which one threw one's senses instead of coins, because there is a thread of oracularity in the work that underlies the many strata of imagery in which the whole panorama of the Arab world is embedded.
His use of negations is to separate ourselves from everything that is not God, and thus to find oneself in mystical union with God, a union without distinction of self and God, which is another topic.
Depending upon the search engine used one can find oneself pixel-to-pixel with a paranoia-riddled dysfunctionate, extolling the virtues of Rest and Recreation at a Klan enclave in Idaho.