Personal Narrative Essay: Who Am I?

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Who Am I? The simple answer is a name, Travis; but who is that really? It took me awhile, and a lot of learning to truly feel like I found myself. Looking back, finding myself was the easy part; the hard part is trying not to lose myself again in this big, scary world. I learned trying to follow your own path can have major ups and downs, including stress and a desire to feel wanted by people who you feel are better than you. I believe this is where the brain and mind differ the most, in the idea of knowing what is right and wrong and the justification of these two concepts. In my opinion, I believe people live and function within a comfort zone; they do, say, and act how they think they should. But when people step out of these comfort zones, …show more content…
I am a being with a mind, heart, body and soul. The real question is what differentiates me from the 7 billion people that live on this planet we call earth? I have become fascinated with the thoughts of why do I like a certain type of food or drink even down to the soap I use when I bathe. These simple questions brought about the bigger questions about who I really am. I began thinking and came to the conclusion that I am a selfish, hardworking, and a trustworthy individual. But that only scratches the surface, and did not satisfy my curiosity. I thought to myself what is it that made me think that I am all of these things? Was it the things I observed as a child, like the lack of trust I seen in my parents relationship or watching my mom break her back to provide for me and my brothers? All I knew without a doubt was experience played a major role in molding me into who I am. I looked back on many of situations where people I called friends or thought were my friends were in different situations, including having kids, going to school and even life or death predicaments; the actions I took versus the ones they took were often completely different. For example, me and a few friends of mine were involved in actions we all know were knowingly wrong, even after considering the consequences we still took our chances. So when things went sour, we all had the option of accepting our punishment …show more content…
The temptations of the world can literally make one mentally weak, and physically unstable. To be authentic, to be your real self is not for the faint-hearted. In general, self-knowledge can be painful mentally, physically and emotionally. For instance, if you are a democrat and your significant other is a republican, you will behave in coordination with your true self, and follow your own ideals even though you can create conflict with the different viewpoints. But In his essay Locke notes, "We are all very subtle and very complex, and there are forces and resources within us that we have no control over. We will never find the limits of who we are " (p. 644). I think this is true because we as people are inherently complex; that is what makes people a smart species. It requires too much reflection, too much time and energy to fully know ourselves to the fullest limit ; I think it is very uncommon for that

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