To be self-aware is to know who you are. The Self is our core, the essence of each one of us. It is where we go to be ourselves. A place we would never leave on our own. Our power and strength come from there. If your mind and the ways of life have kept you away, it is your choice to go back. It is not easy to do. That is, unless you have found the strength to see the way and know it is what you want for your life. And you have to want it more than anything else because it is just that important to your happiness and well-being.
You must understand what it is in those words above that has meaning for you. Even when it seems to have no relevance to your life or the world that you live in. Well, I can tell you that it does. One race that cannot be won is the one against the truth. You can run and hide, but reality will always find you. Some refuse to see themselves as they really are, the real person that they hide behind various cover-ups and disguises. Do not let that be you for your actions are what is seen and how you act is how you live. It is how you think, thus how you feel and you will act on your feelings.