Who are you?
How do you define yourself? Is it with an activity, a career, a political party, sexual orientation, a geographical location (PNW!), ethnicity, faith, or family?
Is it the things that you like? A style, or a lifestyle. A pressing cultural issue that sprang from a documentary… or whatever is new on Netflix?
Or the things that you don’t; a lifestyle, political party, sexual orientation, geographical location, ethnic group, faith or family, or presently, a president?
If you’re not sure, look at your bio on your social media platform of choice. Or better yet, see what you’ve posted about in the last few weeks and ask yourself, if you had just those, who would you be?
For someone to really understand you as whole person, what else would you need to present in order for them to really understand you?
More than likely you’d want to give some backstory on how you got to the place you are today and why you care about the things you do. We are inseparable from our stories.
The point that is obviously bubbling to the surface here is that there are layers to this. Answering the question 'who are you?' isn’t easy.
In the same way that we present a person on social media, we present a persona to our friends, families, co-workers and total strangers. And sometimes those personas are different.
Why is that?
Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about figuring our who we are, and unpacking some of the layers of this in the different areas we live.
Next week, we’ll start with the easy one. Social media.
As homework, take a look at your bios on various social media platforms. Are they different? What are you all about in a sentence? When you just look at your posts, who are you? Is it who you want to be?
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