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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Who Are You?

Throughout my life I have found that I am constantly trying to answer this question. Not with the little answers like, "I'm Maria," "I'm a handcrafter," or "I'm a friendly gigglepuss," but the BIG answer, the response that will finally define me as a person for the rest of my life. Searching for the BIG answer has frequently driven me to the brink of madness. Then, just as I think I'm finally getting close to that all encompassing definition of me, I discover that something about me and who I am has changed and then it's back to the drawing board.

Does anyone else feel like this? Does anyone else out there feel like they're thisclose to defining who they are and then the universe throws a wrench into your self-preception?

In a world where companies that provide us with all of life's needs, wants and desires are moving more and more towards personalised marketing and selling ourselves back to us, it seems even more imperative that we should be able to provide a quick and simple answer to the loaded question, "Who are you?". As kids our days are filled with activities that are meant to help us get to know who we are, what we like and don't, what we want, what we wish for, etc. We're given the impression that as we grow, we should naturally discover the answer and that will simply be that.

Why, oh why didn't someone tell me 10 years ago that there is never one answer that question? It would have saved me a lot of heartache, confusion, and repetitive soul-searching if someone had simply said,

"you are a different person everyday, the trick is to keep your footing when you find the foundations of your self are shifting"

We are not static creatures. We are dynamic. Every day we process thousands of pieces of information, and those new bits that resonate with us, those affect us. They can alter our perceptions just a little, or change our outlook ever so slightly. This happens every day- little shifts in our thinking. It happens so frequently that we don't always notice it. So if you're like me and are always trying to figure out who you are, end of story, try to remember- you're writing a new page of that story every day, and if the main character doesn't grow along the way, well, the story is just boring. 

So embrace your own evolution. 
The next time that you confront the question,
"Who are you?"
Don't be afraid when the answer turns out to be
"A work in progress".



  1. I actually stopped asking myself that question a while ago. My question is now "What will I get into next?". It often surprises me what the answer is.

  2. That is really interesting post. I found you on Etsy blog team.


  3. Tribal Times- that's a great new question... "What will I get into next?" I have a long list of things that I still want to try!

    A. Alexandra- thanks for navigating your way over to my blog. I'm now following yours too :)

  4. Thank you for this uplifting post. It's nice to see things from a different perspective!

  5. Thanks for this post! I often struggle with the question of "Who am I?" We see ourselves as so three-dimensional; it's funny that we would want so much to have a one-dimensional image of ourselves.

  6. Christina- the world is full of contradictions and we as a species seem to have mastered it. I love your take on the three-dimensional/one-dimensional contradiction of how we want to be able to see ourselves.