What Defines us?

Is it the colour of our skin, our race, our heritage, our parents, the culture we were brought up in, and are we stuck with these aspects of ourselves or can we re-define WHO WE ARE?
In today’s society we do tend to judge people, and though most human beings have a moral compass, many do not. So whether you think you are a fairly decent person, society through the press and just plain gossip may just decide a different angle on YOU.
We all try however to define who we are by our actions, be these how we present as an exterior to the world around us on a daily basis, to the acts of kindness (or cruelty) we endear upon others, and the social conscience we lead our lives by.
Some people never really find themselves, some are locked in social conditions they simply cannot escape from. Some choose not to participate in the opportunity they have been given, this thing called “Life”. But is never too late to start that quest for personal enlightenment.Our jobs define us massively, and this makes up a very large chunk of our day, most of our waking hours in fact.
My first encounter with my own realisation that our jobs define us was when I went to a networking session and introduced myself as “having retired recently”, which I realised was the worst thing you can do to a conversation. A similar effect would have been walking into the room with an automatic machine gun and pelting the room with gunfire,…..they scattered real quick! Yet I thought it was pretty amazing that I’d managed to retire at the ripe young age of 54, but soon realised that I was only kidding myself as the boredom of ‘living the dream’ gave way to the need to create again. Which was how I found myself writing and painting…….and blogging.

As the author of this work I (Barbara Harkness) acknowledge the moral rights to the above have been asserted with the copyright, designs and patents act 1988. If you wish to use any of my material you may contact me for permission

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