My Identity

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My true identity
“Who am I?”, “What is my identity?” these are the two questions I often ask myself. To me, identity can be defined as who you are or what makes you different from others. I am no different from my classmates. I go to school, eat, play, sleep and do my homework like you all do, yet there is something that makes me different from you. That is my true identity.
The famous poet Alfred Tennyson wrote “I am a part of all that I have met”. This quote helps me define identity because I believe that my identity is a sum of all that I have seen, experienced and learned from my surrounding.
Every single person has a unique identity. Family, culture, friends and surrounding environments are important elements that shape your identity. To show my true identity, I will have to take you to a journey back through my life.
I was born in India, in a cosmopolitan city called Bangalore. My mom and dad were living there as part of their work. My mom hails from the southern part of India and dad from the northern mountainous region. They speak two different languages and follow different religious beliefs. I was fortunate to have the best of two worlds in front of me to explore. I learnt quite a lot about two different cultures and beliefs from my parents. The example set by my parents taught me to broaden my mind and be tolerant to all religions. When my family migrated to Australia, it opened up a wonderful opportunity for me to further enrich my identity. I have also acquired some of my tastes from my parents. For example, my mom used to read a lot. I see that my love of reading and drawing are encouraged by my mom. Similarly, my dad taught me to be fearless and creative in life.
Culture plays a good role in shaping your identity. Where you grow up, who you spend time with and what you watch on TV and what you learn from school, all of these shape your identity.…...

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