I’m taking part in the Scintilla Project for the next 2 weeks to add a new ‘spark’ to my blogging and the girls have chosen a really tough first prompt
Who Are You??
This is really tough to define because I believe who you are is something that continues to evolve. Who I was 2 years ago is very different to the person I am today thanks to those two years’ worth of experiences and who I am in 2 years time is going to be different to who I am today for exactly the same reason.
I could give you a whole list of little snapshots of who I am – expat, news junkie, Improv performer, skeptic, atheist, queer, geek, sci-fi fan, book lover, opinionated, social media addict, blogger, feminist – but do they really describe who I am? From reading that list would you know the real essence of me? Probably not.
I also believe we are different version of ourselves to different people, whether we like it or not. Who we are to our employer is not who we are to our lover nor who we are to our parents. We highlight or repress parts of ourselves to appeal to those around us or to fit into social norms. We do this almost unconsciously and I think we would be all shocked by how much we change ourselves to fit the social setting.
But at this point of time as I sit and write this blog post I’m tired thanks to a night of bad insomnia, I’m stressed about my ongoing German exams, I’m excited about the St Patrick’s Day party at my local English speaking theatre company this weekend, I’m thankful that I am able to experience living in Germany, I’m determined to get myself fit for the summer, I’m hopeful about finding romance and I’m angry about all the injustice that is going on in the world.
This is me at 4:50pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll be a slightly different version of me. I love this fact. It proves to me that I can become the person I want to be and the only thing standing in my way is me.