Transitioning, I am learning, brings about a re-evaluation of personal identity. Thankfully, this is most always a welcome thing for me! That is not to say that it is easy. When I take a glimpse into my own history I see how different circumstances and events helped shaped my identity for a time or became a deeper part of who I am. I see pieces that are true or untrue.
Untrue: Beliefs about who I am that are picked up that do not reflect the identity that God gave me or are laughed at by people who love me, want the best for me and know me well. (God given identity: worthy of love; created for a purpose; made in his image; and so many more)
Temporary: These are roles that I have played for a time or titles that I have carried. I am no longer a student of this place or that. I don’t work for this organisation or play that sport. I have moved from this community to that community.
True: Beliefs about who I am that are picked up that reflect the identity that God gave me and that those who love me, want the best for me, and know me well can confirm.
Lasting: These are perhaps the underlying reason why I played different roles. They might also be the ways in which being in different roles and places have shaped me. I am a learner. I love to create (be it sewing, crochet, labels for jam jars, or anything else). I enjoy being active. I have a heart to mentor teens at-risk. I believe in helping others discover their inherent worth and value.
September really seems to be the New Year where I set my sights on the year ahead. I have been exploring opportunities available and looking at how to fill my time well so that I live out of my true and lasting identity within the confines of my temporary ones. Exciting times ahead!