You are who you are and where you are for a reason
Start writing a post

A Reminder That Who You Are Is Not What You Do

You weren't made to be a copy.

A Reminder That Who You Are Is Not What You Do

I was journaling the other day, and I wrote out the prompt: Who do I want to be. Immediately, I went to jot down the word, "writer." As if "writer" could encompass the qualities and characteristics that make me Chloe. I paused, then realized how much of myself I define by what I do.

Think about it. You're meeting someone for the first time. What's one of the first questions you ask? "So what do you do?" I don't think that question is just a conversation started. I think it's a judgment tool. Seriously, run a couple of different careers that someone could say in this hypothetical situation and think about how you react to each of them. It's our human nature to rank people based off of what they do as if there aren't people who don't fit the stereotype of their respective job title.

We're inclined to treat others a certain way based off of "what they do." Naturally, we seek to define ourselves with what we do, as well. It's almost like we want people to think highly of us. Imagine that.

Writing is something I love to do, but it's not who I am. I am creative, outspoken and passionate. I like to write because it gives me the space to be all of those things.

When we search for who we are within the confines of what we do, our most authentic selves become sacrificed. In turn, we mold who we are to a title. And how do we arrive at this definition of who we are based off what we do? Probably by comparing ourselves to someone else who holds the same title. We may start to think, "well she is in ministry, so I should be like her" or "he is going to med school, so I need to be like him." God didn't make you be like her or him. You're in the position you're in, with the qualifications you have, for a reason. You bring something to the table that the other person doesn't.

It's so cliche', but you weren't made to be a copy. You are who you are, and you are where you are for a reason. To quote Esther 4:14, "Perhaps you were made for such a time as this." But how would you ever know if you do not release yourself to become you fully and not limit yourself to a title given to you?

Become someone you're proud of. Love who you are. Then, if you're lucky enough, do what you love to do. Find something you're good at, and give your absolute best effort. Look to others for encouragement, but don't be afraid to define it yourself.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Artificial Intelligence: the Upward Downfall

We are walking a dangerous road with AI


“Alexa, I want the truth.”

Keep Reading... Show less
Free-Photos | Pixabay

It goes without saying what July 4th symbolizes for Americans and undoubtedly its more important holiday. From parades to foods to speeches, all Americans know that it relates to the day when the 13 original colonies broke free of England, then ruled by King George III. A sometimes-overlooked aspect of Independence Day is bonding with family and friends. That is, after all, where my favorite memories were.

Keep Reading... Show less

How I Went From Pro-Life To Pro-Choice

"No one can make you do this."


I was raised in a strict, Irish-Catholic family. My parents and grandparents, even though I love them, instilled many beliefs in me that I came to disagree with as I grew older, things like "homosexuality is weird and wrong." I eventually rejected many of these ideas once I began growing into myself, but there was always one belief I let ring true well into my teen years: abortion is the murder of an unborn baby.

Keep Reading... Show less

Trip to The City of Dreams

In a city that never sleeps, with constant bustling and hustling in the streets, my friend and I venture out to see what the "Big Apple" is all about.

Trip to The City of Dreams

There are so many ways for one to describe the beautiful city of New York. It is breathtaking, exciting and alive all in one. Taking a trip here was absolutely the adventure of a lifetime for me and I'm so grateful to have gotten to see all there is to do in the "City of Dreams" with one of my best friends.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments