Personal Essay: Who Are You?

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Register to read the introduction… Who am I? I am a woman, a mother, a student, a friend, a co-worker. I have experiences that shape me and some that define me. I am in the beginning stages of a divorce, attempting to go back to school, president of the Active Minds club, and biggest supporter of my children’s education. Each of these things has an impact on me and the decisions I make throughout my days. I am intelligent, emotional, determined, witty, reserved, daring individual that would like to do so much more in life. All these things make up a part of me and that is just the most obvious of traits, behaviors and thoughts. There is so much more beneath the surface which I want to see and depending on who you are, I want to show. Does this fit Socrates thoughts to “know thyself” (Chaffee, 2013)? To be able to look deeper within yourself and know your soul and what drives you to have a fulfilled life? His ideas of the soul, believing that it was the sum of one’s true self and purposes through the course of a lifetime. If time travel were possible, I would have enjoyed a conversation with Socrates. He was a man who lived by his principles even though they ultimately cost him his …show more content…
I most certainly would like to have my kids be the most awesome adults ever. That means I completely rocked at something tangible. But deeper, I want my own life to have meaning by my actions in other ways. I would like to have an effect on others, even if only one person, to change their thinking or behavior. I suspect that is why my “calling” is as a counselor. Merleau-Ponty thought we “live in our bodies” (Chaffee, 2013). If I understand him correctly, he felt that our existence was based on concrete experiences, perceptions and difficulties of human existence. That when we die, that is it; we have no more to give. If that is truly his thoughts, I would have to disagree pretty strongly. As I have spoke of throughout this paper, we have choices to make and within those choices, we can leave a legacy of our choices. How we raised our children and how they raise their children. How we affected those around us, touching someone’s life in a manner that may alter their own journey. One does not need to be living to have an impact on the living. In conclusion, reading and understanding the positions of various philosophers has prompted me to think a bit deeper about my own position about things in the world and why I make the choices

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