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Issue 17 Out Now

Have You Identified Who You Are

Joeyy Lee (@joeyyleephoto)

Identifying who you are is not an easy task. For most people, their journey doesn’t begin until their adulthood. And even then, our journeys can be met with obstacles that can make us question who we are. Our identities are powerful, they can connect us to other people and establish our place in the world. Knowing who you are can also help bring a sense of purpose to life; our identities can help us find our place.

Your identity is formed from your life experiences, values, struggles, and desires. It can even be seen in the music we listen to, movies we watch, books we read, and people we gravitate towards. But when we don’t have a clear connection with our identity, it can feel like we are just wading through life without a direction.

Identity goes beyond how old you are and where you work and live. To know who you are, you must focus on your values. If you want a stronger familial relationship, be a better friend, or be more seasoned in your craft. Focusing your attention and time on what you value can help you better understand who you are. Values can help to keep you motivated. When you have something that you value, hard times can become manageable because you have a reason to keep going.

Your interests play a large role in your identity, our interests help us to find communities and places where we can fully express who we are. Even more important is that your interests will lead you to a place where you can be comfortable finding out who you are. When you delve into what you love, you will not only find out more about yourself, you’ll find where you belong.

Be true to yourself and surround yourself with people who allow you to do so. It will give you more security in your identity and help you know who you are. If you find yourself still on the journey of self-discovery, prioritize your interests, values, and the people who support you. Finding out who you are can take years, but reflecting on your experiences can take you far.

When you reflect on your experiences, you’ll be able to see your strengths, weaknesses, and how you react to tough situations. Reflecting will help you to learn more about yourself. When you have self-knowledge, insecurities about how you should behave disappear. Knowing yourself allows you to act without the thought of how other people would view your actions.

Identifying who you are may not happen in one day, but taking the time to do so is worth it. When you are secure in your identity, you can be more confident in your self-expression. Take the time to get to know yourself through your interests and the company you keep if you are still wondering who you are.


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