It is never a waste of time to search for your Self, whether it be by meditation, study or worship. The very fact that you are aware of not knowing what you are, and you want to know, is the first step toward knowing. To not know that you do not know what you are is the greatest tragedy, because it guarantees your failure. Supreme Reality is with you and within you at all times, and knowledge of your true being is being fed to you through even the tiniest of events, every moment. When you learn to look, you see them. You will never, ever see or know if you are unaware that you do not know.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P. 183, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj