“Who Am I?”
It’s a question that I often find my inner voice asking, but I never really know what the right answer to it should be. This is something that I have been thinking over quite a bit recently, so I thought I jot down my thoughts in a blog & share them with everyone!
So, let’s get into it!
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“Who am I?” It’s a question we often ask ourselves, and frequently get asked by other people, but can sometimes struggle to answer. The answer to this question isn’t necessarily straightforward nor is it static, in the sense that the answer to this changes as we go through life. In today’s blog, we are going to be taking a look at our identity, and how the environment around us can shape how we feel about ourselves & who we are as people.
To try & put it simply, an identity crisis is where you question who you are and your place in society, which often raises the question of “Who Am I?” Sometimes this sense of uncertainty, surrounding who you are, is elevated when you experience a big change in your life, like starting a new school, university, job, or changes in your personal circumstances. I’ve felt like this several times in my life, especially when I had first started at university.
For me, the questioning of my identity was fed into by the change of environment from school to university. When I first started university, the environment and pressures within it were not something I had ever experienced before. Specifically, I felt the pressure of having to know what I wanted to pursue in the future. It felt like the second I walked into university, there was this constant pressure to apply for internships, insight weeks and attend career events. This hadn’t been something I ever really thought about and made me question what it was I wanted to do in the future.
Alongside that also came panic as I felt as if I was behind all of those people who knew the direction that they wanted their life to go in, and the steps they needed to take to get there. I felt at this time that the people around me had built their identity focused on their career, which was something that I was yet to fully discover.
This really made me ponder on my life goals but when I really thought about it, I realised that it was fine for me to not know the answer to this and take things at my own pace. Therefore, instead of panicking that I wasn’t able to identify myself with a set career, I owned the fact that I was still finding my way.
Of course, an identity crisis can take many forms, for instance, you can be worried about your relationships with people, your job, religion, life-changing events & so much more. While it may seem a little silly to panic about who you are, having an identity crisis is totally normal and we all experience change in our lives from time to time, which bring with them a whole new host of emotions that takes time for us to process.
Always remember that it is okay not to be okay, if you feel like you need some help with something, please do ask for it, you won’t regret it!! Change can be a very daunting prospect at first, but you can get through it, I believe in you!
Who am I? – I’m Isha Patel, and I’m proud of that!
Thank you all for reading today’s blog! What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you ever experienced anything like this? What’s your advice for getting past this?
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