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What Is Identity?

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What is identity? When someone speaks of identity one might think of your action, habits, character, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or gender. However, when I think of identity, I think of where you come from and the things you learn that shape you into the person that you are today. I think identity is a collection of memories and interactions that we share with the people we encounter in our lifetime. I also believe your identity is something you develop about yourself that evolves over the course of your life. My family plays a big part in the person I am today. My great-grandmother was the woman who practically raised me. "She is without a doubt one of the most influential people in my life;" she taught me many life lessons at…show more content…
One day while we were at the park, a man came up and asked my great-grandmother if she had any change to offer. He continued by saying, "I'm not poor or homeless, I have a job interview soon and I'm kind of in a bind could you please spare some change by any chance any amount would do." He said the interview was just a formality; the job was already basically his. When I saw him I thought he was just trying to get some money to buy drugs or he was just trying to hustle an old lady with a kid. However, my great-grandmother didn't see it this way;she took out her wallet and gave him 25 dollars, "which was all she had in it. She was hesitant at first but he was so thankful and said, "When I see you again I'll pay you back and with interest." He asked, "When will you come back to the park?" My great-grandmother replied, "I'm always here with my grandson because he likes to feed the…show more content…
A few weeks later a man came up to us when we were leaving the park he said he was trying to find us to repay us. It was the same man he had on a nice suit on and was clean-shaven he looked completely different compare to before. As he was giving my great-grandmother $50 and saying this is for helping me when no one else would believe me, she stopped him and told him she was glad he had gotten the job but she didn't need the money. It was never about the money it was about helping someone in need after she congratulated him one more time we left. It was something I will never forget, I thought this man who I didn't know was a hustler who was trying to make easy money but I was completely wrong I had completely misjudged him. With this my great-grandmother taught me that my perception of people shouldn't dictate what I do and how I act, if I know something is right I should do it. My family has always been a close family and I believe my concept of my identity may change in the future but I know my family and the lesson that they have taught me will always be at the core of who I
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