Friday, October 28, 2011

Identity sculpting

Many of us use life experiences to actively sculpt our identity. We use both good and bad life experiences to actively construct "who we are". Leading scholars in this area, Eviatar Zerubavel and Christena Nippert-Eng, believe that identity construction is an active as well as a creative process.

As a result, we sometimes think of "life journey" as an act of searching, finding, discovering a bit more about ourselves. At certain times, we cannot help but wonder whether we will ever find a place where we belong.

For example, this news article from NPR tells a story about a struggle of native American kids who spent time in foster homes removed from their Indian heritage.

Here is a quote from the story that may be worth reflecting:

"... the only difference between running away and running home is whether or not you're running in the direction you belong."

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