Identity

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Identity

Susie Bradley

Everyone has a unique identity. It can be your name, age, appearance etc, like on an official document, but it is more. My values and beliefs are part of my identity, as are my past, present and future. I realised that how other people view me affects my identity and how I see myself. This got me thinking- do we see the true identity of someone immediately, or after a long time of knowing them? Definitely not. People might not show their true identities to you, or maybe you can’t see it. The identities of people are coloured in our eyes by our mood, our values, our own identity. How someone sees me is different to how I see myself. Identity is also about belonging. I feel that I belong in my family, my home, my country, my school and group of friends. This sense of belonging can disappear when someone judges my identity to be something it’s not. This is when the values of responsibility and power come into play. We all have a responsibility to ensure that each person has an identity. We have the power to take away that identity, which can lead to them questioning who they are and being unhappy. This means that what we say and do won’t just hurt a person’s feelings- it will hurt their identity. We must remember that everyone has an identity and respect it. Everyone is human and everyone is equal- and that is what today’s society forgets.

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WritingJohn Byrne Award