What De Fines Me Essay About Myself
Sometimes in life it is best to take a step back and look at the big picture. With all the demands and commitments that life can put on a person, it is sometimes easy to lose the essence of “the me”… whether it’s a mother trying to balance a job, a family, a house, shopping, meals and a husband; or a student with the pressure of school, sports, clubs, community service and friends to name a few. Where is the time for hobbies, interests and self-exploration? Where is the time to get to know “the me”?
Looking back at freshman year, my life was like a cityscape, busy and vibrant. I was just another young soul eager to meet life’s challenges. I proudly reached certain goals that defined the student I wanted to be: made it into the science institute: check, varsity soccer: check, a nationally ranked soccer team: check, clubs: check, job: check, volunteer work: check. Am I forgetting anything? Sleep, food, friends, downtime… Who needs it? It turns out the answer is ME!
In this busy canvas, life’s commitments became the artist and I became just a stroke of paint getting stretched too thin. I felt tired, over committed and ineffective.
I knew I would need to regain control to balance the colors within my portrait. Sometimes when we put in so much time and effort but do not see the desired results, it is hard not to see this as a personal failure. That is how I felt by the end of sophomore year. I decided to scrap the old canvas and begin anew. Junior year, I became the artist once more, and I chose the palette of my interests. I left the science institute, changed travel soccer teams, and chose volunteer work that I really enjoyed. With a less crowded landscape, there was so much more focus and time for “the me” to emerge.
Newfound interests and talents became a part of my life that I never had time for before. I was able to keep the original colors on my canvas: school, soccer and everything that made me, me before. However I was able to add new ones such as art, photography and become a more out outgoing individual. I was passionate about everything I was doing and much more effective in each aspect I took part in. Stepping back and looking at the big picture taught me to make decisions that were best for me, and not for those around me. I am able to create a picture that, to me, is a masterpiece even if others see it as painted colors.
The emergence of “the me” is a life long work in progress as we are always adding color, dimension, and interests as we grow. Sometimes by choosing the colors of our picture more carefully, more depth can be added to the picture that clarifies “the me”. Whether you choose to create your canvas as a cityscape, a peaceful park, or a leaf blowing in the wind, be sure to be the artist that defines the colors of your “ME”.
Brennan, Nina. "Defining Yourself" StudyNotes.org. Study Notes, LLC., 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 13 Mar. 2018. <https://www.apstudynotes.org/common-app/defining-yourself/>.
In my life, I realized that I sometimes I allow myself to be defined by what I am and not who I am. By saying what I am I define myself by the achievements I have made In my life, for example what course I am undertaking , by what people think of me or by the circumstances I find myself in or in things beyond my control. Most of my friends identify themselves by the successes they have had in their lives or by what material wealth they may have. Also, as an American a superpower country, and a land of many opportunities of which I am very proud of , I sometimes find myself identifying with this American identity rather than who I really am as a person.
To put into words what really defines me as a person, I must emphasize on my actions as it is very true to say that actions speak louder than words. Under everyday circumstances, I find myself having to make a choice. These choices determine the action I will take under the various circumstances. My mind makes the choice so this is from inside me not external and this is what I portray myself to the world. The world understands and defines me as what is a totality of my words and actions and henceforth make judgments on what type of person I am. Therefore, my personality describes what I really am and this is what defines me. For me to define myself I have to vividly think and understand what are my weaknesses and strengths. Once I understand myself, better I can grow on towards my life's goals and ultimate destiny. This is the knowledge of what is deep inside me that I refer to as 'I'. It is vividly portrayed through my various character traits, temperaments and my beliefs. My achievements are fruits of my ongoing understanding myself, abilities and what I want to achieve in life.
On my definition as an American, one thing is true for me I am proud to be American. America is land endowed with all sorts of opportunity and being envied by people from other nationalities as being superior is something to be proud of and be worth every bit of it. The American identity gives every American a sense of a greater destiny, scaling greater heights in life. This is true according to life circumstances here compared to other countries in the world. Being a true American I always endeavor to portray qualities and values such as freedom and allowing others exercise their liberty, being responsible and also being independent in my quest for my true identity. America has a great vision to achieve and this is what every patriotic American identifies with in their quest for their identity as individuals. The American identity has been a great platform for me to understand myself better and create great goals for the entire world to achieve together.
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