Hi, I’m…

31 Days of Finding Self | Moving Peaces

It’s strange to think that you live your whole life as you but then sometimes have a hard time knowing just what that means.

When I was little, video cameras were an odd concept to me. My six-year-old self had some strange notion that the video was almost like a time capsule of life to show to the future world. Strangers would be watching it and wonder who this cute little girl on the screen was. Because of this, every time I was on camera I would always start with, “Hi, I’m Samantha!”

Right then and there I was saying, “Hi, I’m me” and it was as simple as could be. I was introducing myself to the world and that’s what they needed to know.

Since then, it’s as if the more we “do” the less we understand who we are. We go to networking events and struggle to explain to people who we are and immediately turn to what we do at work. We try to find more things that “add up” to who we are. If I do this, plus this, plus a hobby or two and the way I wear my hair, that equals me.

I want to know when that changed. Why growing up took away our self-assurance in who we were.

My theory? We knew who we were as kids because we weren’t as focused on what we were not. We didn’t question ourselves as much or compare our individuality with our playground friends. We didn’t say, “Well, I’m not a real (writer, musician, artist, inventor, entrepreneur, athlete fill in the blank here) until I do this. We may have been jealous of a toy someone else owned, but we didn’t worry about who we were. We just knew. I’m me.

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5 thoughts on “Hi, I’m…

  • October 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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    Agreed! Children are so fresh from Their Creator and have not been challenged yet on their worthiness. Their reason for coming hasn’t been forgotten, and their dreams are still intact.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 12:44 AM
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    “Since then, it’s as if the more we ‘do’ the less we understand who we are.” That totally hit me where I live! I definitely think there is something to paring down and striving for closeness with our Creator. That should be what we strive to “do” and maybe we’ll find our way back to the self-assured selves we were on the playground. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

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  • October 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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    What a great and deep post. We let what we do or dont do define us and then we get stuck in this thinking and its hard to change our outlook on ourselves. I remember one day I took my daughter to the park and as soon as we got out of the car there was a girl walking with her mom and my little love ran right up to her and said “hi im Kenleigh” then turned to me and said “mom this is my new best friend” without even getting the little girls name. They played the whole time like they knew each other since the moment they were born. All I could think is “wow look how easy it is to make friends at that age and if i did that to her mom how she would probably run in the opposite directing thinking there was something wrong with me” lol. They are so sweet and innocent and have yet to define themselves and to me that is a truky beautiful thing. I have read a book that I highly recommend because I think you might like it πŸ™‚ its called ..MoJo how to get it, how to keep it, how to get it back if you lose it by Marshall Goldsmith. I had the chance to hear him speak at a Pure Romance conference and he is AMAZING! Chapter 4 is on Identity and how we let others define us and how we define ourselves and how to change our way of thinking if it is incorrect. I hope you get the chance to read it someday πŸ™‚ He is just downright genius! Anyway.. Thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Make sure you come back Monday night at 10pm to link up any new posts!!

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