Ok, I wanted to take a different approach on identity. Its not just looks that determine who we are- there are many factors which people do not see, so instead we are judged on our physical appearance. I was reading Farideh's blog and she brought up the idea of how when we were younger, we wanted to believe in the whole fairy tale image- ordinary girls finding their Prince Charmings and turning into princesses. When i had my Graduation Ball, i was able to dress up like this in an expensive dress with a lovely guy on my arm to show off and its funny how you grow in confidence and feel like a different person, but are still just the same.
I think also that other people help to make you who you are. People meet new people all the time and its the ones you get close to that help bring out your true identity.
Yeh, ok, here's the girlie soppy personal bit! :P
A lot happened in my life growing up from the age of 11 that affected my life, same as everyone. I was bullied a lot, even through my teens and during 6th form- a lot of the time to do with the way i looked. I started to always worry about what other people thought of me and meeting new people became more of a chore. I always felt like i couldnt truly be myself- a memory being given dirty looks and name-calling by close friends just because of my dying my hair and because i was blonde, i was obviously stupid!! I soon began to know my boyfriend and before i knew it i finally knew myself. After a year i started my Foundation Course at UCA Rochester (last year) and i realised that everyone was so individual that it was easy to fit in and i became more confident with my own identity and learnt that, I may not be 'perfect' in appearance, but i am who i am and i try to let my good personality shine through. Ive always believed that a more positive image is given off by someone who is good natured. 'Never Judge a Book by Its Cover!'
I think family also has an effect on your identity- after all they're the ones who share most of the things you are. Our parents for example have socialised us with basic informaiton, rules and morals that help make up our identity in a more sociological way and obviously in a scientific way being our physical traits and genetics