Who am I? If someone asked me that, my first instinct would be to say my name, maybe my age, my gender, etc., but really, that tells you nothing. I haven’t told you about my personality, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, or beliefs. These attributes make up who we are as people. Everyone has them, but they are different for each person, because everyone is unique in their own way.
One of my favourite strengths I have is drawing. I’ve liked drawing for years, but I’ve gotten more serious about it in the past few months. I don’t really plan on illustrating for a living when I get older, but it provides a good pastime, and there is a sense of pride in the accomplishment of a good drawing. The problem with pride, though, is hubris. A bit of pride is fine, but when you have too much, you start to think you’re better than everyone else, and brag about your talent. I’ll admit I’ve done this on certain occasions, as other people have.
A saying I like (and I know it’s very simple) is “Don’t Give Up”. If I want something, I have to work for it. It will get hard and I will want to quit, but if I want it so badly, why would I give up? I know I need to persevere through tough times and situations to get what I want, even though it’s hard. The hardest things to get could be some of the most important and useful to get, and completely worth it to work and get them. It won’t be easy, but life isn’t supposed to be easy.
Probably my greatest weakness is procrastination. I know multitudes of people (especially my age) have this, and I am definitely one of those people. I sit around after school, and often don’t get my homework started until about 7:30 PM. Me doing my homework pretty much looks like me sitting down, doing nothing, picking up my pencil every couple of minutes to do half a question. On the weekends, it’s always “Oh, I got time” until it’s 3:00 PM on Sunday and I’ve done absolutely nothing. Procrastination is a terrible habit to get into, and also a terrible one to get out of. I’d love to stop procrastinating, but it’s easier said than done. All I need to do is tell myself I have to do it and just do it. But man, does that couch look comfy.
Another big part of me is my religion. I am a Roman Catholic, and plan to be for life. When I think about religion, though, sometimes it puts me into existential crisis: what does it all mean? (I talked about this subject in my Unsolved Riddles of Existence post). How could God have been there forever, with no beginning? How could I live forever in Heaven, and could I get bored? These are questions I could ponder for hours, but I would just get stressed. What’s important is to focus on what I have faith in: God loves us, God cares about us, and hopes we will love Him back. I should also focus on being a good person and living a good life, and therefore hopefully live forever in Heaven.
These are are just a few of the attributes and values that make me who I am, and there are countless more that I haven’t mentioned here. Some attributes we have are good, some are bad, and some are just there; what’s important is that we keep the good ones and try to lose the bad ones. There’s always room for improvement and development.