In The Incredibles, Elastigirl tells her children to protect their identities before she goes off to help their father, Mr. Incredible. She says it is their most valuable possession.
In our oversaturated age of digital media, and in particular social media, images of other people’s lives bombard us. Carefully crafted highlight reels of people’s lives are a click away. I think for many young people, this adds to confusion and unhappiness during an already difficult time. And even for us older folks, paying too much attention to it could unhappiness or make us forget who we really are.
There is only one of you and you are important. There is a reason why you are here. Don’t be a copy of someone else or what you think society wants you to be.
The truth is, there are a lot of people out there who have no idea who they are. And these people will think nothing of telling you who you are. Don’t listen to them.
You need to discover who you are and be that person. You never know who you might inspire or help by just being you. As a matter of fact, our world needs who you were made to be.
If you are having trouble understanding or rediscovering who you are, a wrote a post about how you can tap into those parts of you again. You can read it here.