Cultural Identity And My Family

766 Words Sep 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Cultural identity is defined as the sense or feeling of belonging to a group. I connect my cultural identity to my immediate family. My immediate family consists of my parents, two younger sisters, and myself. Each one of us has significant values that have been instilled in one another. I believe that they play a large role in making me who I am today. Coming from a large, Sicilian family, the importance of love, loyalty, and support has always been prominent. My Sicilian culture has always been existent in my life, however I do not fully connect with it on many levels. For example, tattoos are not very accepted by my extended family. My father, mother, and I have several visible tattoos. When my grandparents and a few other family members noticed, they were immediately disgusted. They could not see that we were the same people we were before they noticed the tattoos. They also become distant for some time. The tattoos are a form of expression for us and we see them as art. My parents have always taught my sisters and me to never be ashamed of who we are. I value this deeply. I feel that just because other people are unable to see how special one person is, does not mean that that person is not special. In addition, this taught me to not judge someone based solely on their appearance. Some of the nicest people I have ever met are covered with tattoos. To not be judgmental is a very valuable asset in being a speech language pathologist. There will be…
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