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  • Writer's pictureYvonne Camille

Who are You? Do You really know?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

Last week I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Gettin’ Grown, and one of the host posed the question: Who are you? If you didn’t have your career title, luxury car, designer clothes, nice home, passport stamps, etc., if you didn’t have any of those things, who would you be? This question honestly had me thinking, “hmm, I bet many people don’t truly know.”

I’ve always been a part of the “popular” groups, but I never really felt apart of them. It wasn’t until last year, 2018, when I took a long break to primarily focus on me, my needs, and how I viewed myself. Sometimes we can be extremely judgmental of others because they aren’t like us or don’t conform to how we think they should be, but in actuality, they aren’t supposed to be like us – we’re all meant to be completely different.

If you love someone then you help them build off the good qualities, they do possess; not forcing to change them into something that they’re not. Don’t get me wrong, we can all use constructive criticism and allow room for growth, but that’s to help build off what’s already inside of us.

When I reflected on this last year, a Kanye verse popped into my head, “Everything I’m not, made me everything I am.” This verse really hit me, and I thought “wow, everything that I’m not makes me, me!”

In retrospect, this is who I am, not based on others’ opinions of me, but my own:

  • Most importantly, I am Christ-led. I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever He says goes.

  • I am a nurturer. I like to take care of others, sometimes even before myself (I’ve gotten better with this in terms of putting myself first).

  • I am random yet poised. This can cause social awkwardness at times for me, Lol.

  • I am genuinely genuine. A lot of people can’t handle that about me because the majority of the people they know are not – I am rare.

  • I am an observer. I like to understand people and how they think. I need to know my surroundings. You won’t find me doing a lot of talking initially.

  • I’m an introverted extrovert. Being that I was raised as an only child, I’ve learned a lot about myself. One being that it takes me a while to give people the keys to my space. I love to be around people, but I can simultaneously get easily drained.

  • I am a bubble of love. I want the people I love and care about to feel that they can enter my space and feel safe – that it is a judge-free zone.

This week ask yourself, “Who am I?” Who are you without any acknowledgements or tangible accomplishments?

I honestly believe that in order for one to be truly successful, you must understand who you really are and embrace it with an open mind to continue developing into your best self.

Sending love and positive vibes your way! Yvonne Camille

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