Self-awareness is about looking at the deeper stuff in life, the things that most people try to avoid. For as long as I can remember I've felt comfortable looking at the most unpleasant recesses of my mind. It hasn't always been a pleasant, easy, or enjoyable journey, but it has enabled me to understand at a very intimate level how people work through their issues in life.
It's natural not to want to look at the deeper things in life. It's unpleasant and, unless you're willing to stick with it, it doesn't yield results instantly. The irony is that self-awareness means consciously understanding why you think, feel and do the things you do rather than avoiding confrontation with the unsavory elements of your existence.
To live a genuinely happy, meaningful and fulfilling life, it's vital to take a candid, thoughtful and ongoing look at yourself and do the work necessary to heal inside and out. Self-awareness isn't easy but the reward is that you get to enjoy life free from the constraints that used to hold you back.