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Defining Me

SYDNEY GOODALL Jon Jee Staff Published: January 19, 2017 8:00 AM

In every aspect of life we all define ourselves as something. Some people are athletes, musicians, nerds. What do you define yourself as? I would like to define myself as a diverse artist. I’m someone with a passion for all the arts; literal art, music, photography, and writing. My friends would like to define me as a student. I’m the one they turn to for help with a homework question and I’m usually the leader of group projects.

But hey I’m not the only one who’s defined differently then they would define themselves. I asked two of my friends how they label themselves and then labeled them how I see them. Freshman Audrey Hague labeled herself as a writer, but to me, she’s an athlete. Freshman Molly Eubanks labels herself as an athlete and I have to say I agree on this one. Freshman Keirsten Jackson labels herself as an optimist, but I label her as honestly the personality of all my friends combined.

Maybe we sometimes label people incorrectly. We see one aspect of them and that trait sticks with them forever. That girl who wears black a lot is goth. That kid who likes to read is a nerd. Because that one person doesn’t like group projects or speaking aloud in class, they’re anti-social.

Really though how do you define yourself? Do you ever ask yourself this question? I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit lately. Who am I to other people? Who am I to me? It seems a little awkward to think about ourselves in the third person. I, me, Sydney Goodall, who am I to me? Who am I to you? I’m probably no one to you because yes I define myself as shy and don’t often have the nerve to speak to new people.

These definitions of who we are put us into groups or “cliques.” There is always the self-appointed populars, the athletes, the band geeks, orca dorks, and the artists. And then there’s that group that doesn’t fit in any of those categories. They don’t have to be labeled, they are just them. I think that’s how we should all be to each other, equal. There are no populars or artists or athletes, just people. We’re all the same, just here trying to get through each day. Why do we have to pretend we matter more or less than some other person. We all breathe the same air and pump the same human blood through our veins.

Let’s face it, we all have someone in our lives that we feel is better than us. Often we don’t see this person has flaws too and we blind ourselves in their attractive qualities. Sometimes yes that’s fine to admire someone, but when it gets to the point you feel they are better than you, you have lost all understanding of who we are as the human race. Not one of us is more talented than the other, smarter than the other, or prettier than the other. We are all something in our own ways and that alone is beautiful.

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