Who Am I?
Written by Temitope on July 22, 2019
This is arguably one of the most common questions we get asked, and we ask others as well.
There was a time, my answer to this question would be; my name, my school, my class and a few details about my family. However, a couple of years back, these answers have felt unsatisfactory. Even to me introducing myself, it felt like there was a whole lot missing in my introduction. For one, it did not really say anything about me.
Yes, it stated my status, some basic info, but over time, some of these details have changed. So, can we say my identity has changed or moved over time? I do not believe so.
Yes, I have developed over time, but change is a term too drastic to define this.
So, while my status has changed, basic information has also changed, some things have remained constant and these are the things that define me.
They are the qualities that make me unique, values that define me, and characteristics that would make me stand out, things that would make my friends or even strangers recognize me in the midst of a crowd.
It’s beyond what eyes can see, it is our real selves on the inside. Who I am is inside of me, and not outside of me. This is because all you see on the outside are products of what is inside.
So, when asking who I am, I do not look outside anymore. Even my achievements are not enough to define me. They cannot fully account for who I am.
Truth is, as soon as I started seeing myself in this light, it helped me appreciate myself much better. I stopped judging myself based on circumstances. I started seeing myself as a better person that can do better, and this has helped me to actually be better.
I am still in the process of knowing myself, as this is inexhaustible. Every day, I learn something new about me and I am daily working to be a better version of myself.
Hey, if you are still caught in that web of seeing yourself less cos of what you can see around you, you need to break out of that web and start seeing yourself for who you really are. You are much more than you realize, you only need to look inside to find who you are.
So, who am I? I am who I am on the inside.