Have you ever wondered how can you identify yourself? In my view, to identify something as one‘s characteristic features is to take a look at something that has happened to the person and had some sort of an impact. For me, there are milion parts of my personality, but only few certain events emphasize the contrast between the kind of person I used to be and the way I am at present. First of all, I was a very isolated person in my early adolescence due to the loss of a close family member. Realising that someone I had loved and cherished would no longer be around, left an infinite emptiness inside as if the world would never be the same again and nothing would ever diminish the pain it had caused. So, as a ten year old, I had known all the techniques of how to avoid any kind of attention, for example, I would prefer to sit in the back row during classes in school or keep my head down so I would not make an eye contact with another person. Moreover, my outlook to the world was rather negative and apathetic, so other people felt uncomfortable being around me since I would not accept their empathy and compassion.
However, the discovery of a theatre troup in my school made a huge impact on my personality change. When I began my third-year in gymnasium, I had to choose between three arts classes: choir, painting or theatre. Since I most definetely was not gifted with melodic voice as well as with passion for a paintbrush, I had to select the third option which appeared to me as the most terrifying one. Surprisingly, it turned out to be the wisest decision I had ever made, although I still remember stumbling onto the stage for the first time, and it was embarrasing. But being around charismatic, fun, creative and positive people that were in my thetre group really influenced me.
I learned from my troup mates how to look at the good side even of my problems, how to be optimistic about everything I do and this included my relationship with other people. Thus, I perceived the importance of being open-minded when I interacting with my peers, of accepting them the way they are, and trying to find something I like about everybody in order to make friends. In conclusion, my life has been marked by several major events that shaped my personality as it is now. Although one of them was heart-breakingly suffering and hard, I still managed to overcome the pain by finding an activity that put my mind at ease. As buddhists state, only three things matter in the end: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
Courtney from Study Moose
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