Who Are You?
Who are you?
How do you answer this?
Are you your name? Title? Marital status? Gender? Your social media handle?
Are you your job? Your pedigree? Your financial status? Homeowner status? Etc.
Isn’t it interesting that we are defined by so many parameters?
Still, I think it is important that we are able to define ourselves outside of what we own, how society views us, our careers and so on. I say this because, underlying all those appendages, there is a constant. For instance, you are not the job that you do. You could have done something else. But who you are in this job is the same person who would be in another job. You are not your uniform. You strip and it’s the same person in and out of the clothes.
Who are you, really?
I say that who you are is the reason you make the choices that you do. It is also the reason that you introduce yourself by your name, state of origin, alma Mata, or anything else for that matter. Who you are is the reason why you pursue certain things to the exclusion of others. It is also why a certain career path or course of study is your preferred choice.
Who you are will always come first. It does not matter what job you end up doing. Neither does it matter what titles you answer to. You might become the next Bezos. But are you a kind person? Do you have integrity? Are you materialistic? Is adding value to others something you consider important?
They say that we often discover what we are not before we are able to define who we are. Well, define yourself. Strip off the titles, uniforms and celebrity statuses. If you weren’t all those things, who would you be?