Identity, What makes you, YOU

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What is your identity? Who are you? What made you the person you are today? These questions have intrigued people for centuries, but a subtle answer would not do these mysteries justice. When considering the definition of “identity,” several aspects are taken into account, such as environment, upbringing, friends and family. In this case the factors that contribute to the foundation of a person’s identity are infinite. Conversely, from my perspective the most important features that assemble a person’s identity are the experiences and life changing situations that they undergo through the course of their lives. For instance, fingerprints are used as tools for identification of criminals to the CIA or police department. However, to the whole world, his identity is the experience, or the journey he went through that lead him to where he is right now. His identity is comprised of the situations that he has gone through, what he has done, and what isolates him and makes him unique. Jim Rohn(n.d.) once stated, “Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.”

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What is your identity? Who are you? What made you the person you are today? These questions have intrigued people for centuries, but a subtle answer would not do these mysteries justice. When considering the definition of “identity,” several aspects are taken into account, such as environment, upbringing, friends and family. In this case the factors that contribute to the foundation of a person’s identity are infinite. Conversely, from my perspective the most important features that assemble a person’s identity are the experiences and life changing situations that they undergo through the course of their lives. For instance, fingerprints are used as tools for identification of criminals to the CIA or police department. However, to the whole world, his identity is the experience, or the journey he went through that lead him to where he is right now. His identity is comprised of the situations that he has gone through, what he has done, and what isolates him and makes him unique. Jim Rohn(n.d.) once stated, “Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.”

\"Description:Immortality is impossible and death is inevitable. This picture perfectly portrays those words, it also emphasizes on the grief the young girl is definitely experiencing due to the loss of what looks like someone dear to her. This loss will probably cause drastic changes in this girl’s life, and her outlook on situation contributes to the formation of her identity. Therefore, I think, one of the major experiences a person could go through that would imprint on their identity is the tragedy of death. Death and tragedy are two of the most powerful words that people would rather avoid using or hearing. Moreover, their effects are even more powerful. When a person either experiences the loss of someone close to them or lives a near death experience, this has a vast impact on that person’s identity. The experience alone could either influence him negatively or positively, depending on the way he reacts to the situation. If it were to be a negative influence, it could result in entering a state of depression. This, in some cases, leaves the person with a sense of hatred towards life and would just go on living it with absolutely no expectations or hopes for the future. As a result, it affected the person’s identity by changing their views on life.  On the other hand, loss and tragedy might open up a person’s eyes in the sense of the sudden realization of how short life can be. Fulfilling their goals and dreams could also result in a change in the person’s lifestyle and identity. I believe those who convert the energy they spend on grieving into something more positive and live by the quote, “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will” (Palahniuk, 1961) will live a healthier life.

 

\"Description:Travelling is another major aspect that influences a person’s identity. The first thing that comes to my mind after observing this picture is “diversity”, diversity also plays a major role in changing a person’s character. One cannot expect a person that lived all their life in a country, to have any similarities what so ever with a person that roamed the world and has visited every corner of it and smelled its different aromas. Seeing different faces, listening to their authentic life stories and getting involved in their cultures, must have some sort of impact on a person’s identity. When someone travels a lot or lives abroad they get to experience all kinds of different cultures, let alone learning new languages. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (n.d.) once said, “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own”. Identities are affected as well by surroundings, the continuous change of surrounding from one country to another, or living in various places and being surrounded by dissimilar faces; exposing oneself to different traditions gives a person a unique mixed identity. In addition, when traveling you get to try new things and observe different traditions that could seem very cutting-edge, all resulting in some change in who you are and what you could become.

\"Description:Marriage is an experience almost everyone goes through, and is usually the most experience people get affected by. One is definitely going to be unintentionally influenced by their partner’s actions and habits. People, who get married with opposing cultures and religions, are the most people whom their identities will be modeled all over again. Keeping ones identity after marriage is like deviating from a path thousands of people have lead before. Moreover, children also play a great role in reshaping their parents’ identity, in various ways that can’t be declared as a negative or positive outcome. There is the assumption, that a wife will immediately take her husband’s name, which is the first step of her identity being modeled.

\"Description:Last but not least, success; it is one of the most important factors that have an impact on a person’s identity. This picture symbolizes that success is the key to happiness, but that is a very controversial matter that depends on various factors. Success has a typical stereotype that usually is not necessarily true, that it often changes a person to the worse. Once a person is in a position power or authority, it leaves them heartless and greedy for more. There is a chance that that could happen, sadly leaving a negative print on a person’s identity. On the other hand, if one strives for success and devotes substantial amount of energy and thought into reaching their ever longing goal, they will appreciate the result of their efforts which leads to appreciating other things and people. Also, it could result in viewing life from a new and different perspective, opening their eyes to other opportunities that never crossed their minds and this obviously a positive impact on the person’s identity.

I came to the conclusion that, a person’s identity is a very complex equation that is formed by many unrelated factors. Experience is one of them, and I personally think it’s the most important and has the most influence. The experiences stated above are only a few of what a typical person goes through, but they can drastically change a person’s identity could be to the better or the worse. Therefore, people should always try to see the bright side of any experience they go through, so that it could have a favorable impact on their identities.

 


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