Personal Narrative: My Identity

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Everyone has an identity, and it is our identity which defines who we are and our place in society. Our identities help other people to draw conclusions about who we are, as well as, spotlight values and beliefs. Our identities have the power to positively or negatively affect how we live our lives, as well as, have the power to affect how we interact socially. Identities can be shaped and molded by the communities in which we live, the schools we attend, churches where we worship, the sports in which we participate, our race, gender, and physical features. Many of my friends, family, and acquaintances, describe my identity as being strongly influenced by my disability, my family values, and my fiercely independent nature. Prior to writing…show more content…
Although my parents wanted a more stable environment for me, my parents have also placed value on experiencing all that life has to offer. As a result of living in multiple places throughout my childhood, I have not be fortunate enough to become part of a stable social group. In order to adapt to this changing environment, I have learned the value of independence. My peers have often described as somewhat of a loner, who rarely desires the attention, direction, and affection from others. They often complain that I am happier doing things on my own, and I often challenge the idea of what society defines as normal. My life as compared to other has been very different because of the variety of places I have lived and situations I have experienced. I have learned to be successful, happy, and content without the typical social circle a teenager would…show more content…
Our identity includes, but is not limited to, the people we surround ourselves with, the clothes we wear, the churches we attend, the sports we play, our gender, our race, and our physical attributes. It is important to note even though we might have an opinion on the identity we project, those we come in contact with every day may see something in us completely different. This essay has given me the opportunity to solicit feedback from my family, friends, and acquaintances about how they define my identity. They described my identity as being shaped by my disability, my family values, and my fierce independent nature. As I have reflected on these three characteristics of my identity, I have concluded I could not agree
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