Identity is more than your name, it’s about who you belong to, organizations you are members of and what you believe in, your ethnic group and other attributes. All those things influence you and is a part of how you interact with others. Your identity is like a personal brand that can give you some belonging to a group of people or it can set you apart from the crowd.
For me being a part of a loving family, membership in God’s family, who I work for and the community I live in can give you a sense of what I am all about. Taking those things seriously has given me an identity that I can share with others.
The other side of identity is that you might find yourself focusing on those things that give you belonging, and you might lose a sense of you are as a human being. I don’t think your identity should be a tool that excludes but it can be a way of inviting others to have a vision of the possibilities for them.
Let your identity be who you are but know it can be expanded and new things can be added to your life’s resume. Be proud of who you are but also be humble because other people have their own unique identity too.
Ones identity is an outward and inward expression of who they are. Everything from race, gender, occupation, orientation, religion, family, community and education make us who we are in many ways. Our identity can come from people and things that influence us. How we live and work can be a part of telling someone who we are. Sometimes our identity can be a trademark and sometimes it can be a liability. Our connections can identify who we are. Next time you take a look at your ID you can get a snapshot of who you are and where you come from. The most important thing is to be yourself as your primary identity.
This is my current Gravitar and profile pic on Facebook. Coming soon to Twitter and Instagram. It’s important to have a consistent identity across all your platforms. It kind of links them all together in a iconic and symbolic way.
Yes I still look like a dork. Little can be done to change that.
The notion that people are “all fake” is not fair. Perhaps its a matter of not knowing who one is. Giving someone some grace as they try to find their identity is the best thing we can do, even if it frustrates us. I think people are trying to find their way at all stages of life. The way we react to certain situations reveals who we are and some folks are inconsistent in how they cope. I think there are a lot of people who give off the “fake” vibe but you know we are all broken people. Being genuine takes a lot of intentional work but you know its nice to help people along the way be better.
Ones identity is a highly personal thing. We make up our identity as we go along by the experiences we have. It changes us, informs us and perhaps colors our view of ourselves and others. Assuming an identity means changing who you are. Perhaps we should understand ourselves before attempting to understand others. Just saying.