“Your age doesn’t define your maturity, your grades don’t define your intellect, and rumors don’t define who you are.”
Remember those angst-filled teen years, struggling to figure out just who you were? Trying on different personalities like clothing, and feeling pretty insecure much of the time? The adults would usually advise, “Just be yourself.” Ugh. What in the world does that mean, Mommm??
Hopefully you resolved those pesky identity issues and have arrived with an ability to know yourself. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re right smack in the middle of them now. The tricky thing about identity—or self-definition—is that it’s organic, always evolving with each new life experience. I’m a student; I’m a partner; I’m a mom...on and on, overlapping, some stressful, some not, some long-lasting, some brief.
But beyond external definitions and labels lies the true you. Therein lies the beauty of being a work in progress. Consider this: Your heart, mind, soul and spirit don’t come from externals. These come from within.