Who are you?

Who Are You?

“Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?
Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?”
–The Who

Some of your inalienable Rights:

  • The Right to say “No.”
  • The Right to boundaries.
  • The Right to know your own mind, find your own path, and then take it.
  • The Right to know your self

What does it mean to “know your self”? To know at your very core what you bring to the world? What does it mean to know that you have something unique to offer? To know that your unique voice, your message, makes a difference to more people than you can imagine?

Remember the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Look around you… you have this impact upon the world, right now.

What does it mean to stand strong in the knowledge that, no matter what the world presents to you, you know who you are?

Who are you?

For the longest time, I didn’t have a clue. I was content to be what others needed me to be, largely because I didn’t know I could be anything else. At some point I became aware that I didn’t know what I wanted. Since that time, I have been traveling along the road to understanding my Self.

That’s where it all starts, doesn’t it? We begin to recognize that we don’t know what we want, because we don’t know who we are.

Who are you?

There are literally an infinite number of possible responses:

  • I’m a woman/a man
  • I’m an American/Arab/Peruvian/Israeli/Chinese/Haitian
  • I’m an accountant/dancer/sales clerk/poet/postman/politician
  • I’m short/tall, skinny/fat, blonde/brunette, brown/yellow/pink…

And all of these responses do describe parts of who you are… but I want you to go deeper…

Are you a lover/warrior, peacemaker/rebel, thinker/doer, innovator/historian, inventor/employer, lover of beauty/bringer of warmth, spiritualist/agnostic/atheist, scholar/professor, integrator/differentiator, organizer/deconstructionist, nurturer/provocateur, family psychologist/lone wolf… some combination of the above? What else?

What matters to you?

Who are you?

What is the role you play in the lives of your friends? Your family? Your office? Is that who you want to be, and if not, who is it that you do want to be? And how do you figure that out?

One way is to start by looking at what you do everyday. Who do you talk to and what do you say to them? How do you say it? What don’t you say?

By taking stock of your habitual ways of moving through the world, you can begin to uncover your talents and your reason for being.

Why is this important?

I have an inkling that a preponderance of people are not clear on who they are. And why is it important to know who you are? When you don’t know who you are, the boundaries between yourself and the world around you are hard to perceive and the world can appear to be an overwhelming place.

When you begin to learn who you are, you can make choices about:

  • where you want to go
  • who you want to be
  • what you want to accomplish and
  • what you want to offer the world.
  • When you know who you are, you have a starting point: a place from which to set out upon your own road.

So, who are you and who are you becoming?

Finally, you have the right to your magnificent self.

You know what I’m going to say next right?

Always infinite possibilities… always your choice.


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Dawn Siglain says:

    This is perfect & supplements the book I’m reading about the Myers Briggs personality test to do what you are as a career or job. It seems so obvious like we should all know this but it’s actually quite a challenge. Ironically it does help to have support in this quest to discover yourself I have found, but it’s so important to digest your interactions to interpret them properly for yourself.


  2. Christine Faucher-Kelley says:

    What you’ve written is rich with content Dawn!
    Yes, doing what we are is at the heart of it. When we do what we are, we enrich our lives and the lives of those around us. There’s a certain symmetry to being the best “us” we can as that will benefit the most people! The key does lie in understanding who each one of us is, what we excel at and how to share that with the world. There is much to consider and contemplate around this topic. Learning how to listen to your heart, to what resonates with the core of who you are, can become a daily meditation.
    And… having support in the quest is as wonderful as deciding for yourself what you have learned along the way!
    Thanks for your response!


  3. Good post! thank you


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