W. H. Auden:
Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity.The ages might vary, but it’s sound advice. It reminds me — don’t laugh — of what management consultant Peter Drucker says in Managing Oneself (2008): that we must figure out our strengths and values and ways of working, and be who we are.
From the essay “Reading,” in The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays (1962).
[“Peabody here.” Mister Peabody, at peace with the necessary limitations of his nature.]
When I was a much, much younger fellow, perhaps just a tad bookish, my so-called peers bestowed upon me the nickname Mister Peabody. Ugh. But now I celebrate the Peabodily elements of my style.
Other Auden posts
On handwriting and typing
Six lines from Auden