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Answering a big question

July 18, 2006|by SARAH OFOSU

What is the meaning behind life? What happens when we die? What is the purpose of life?

These are some of the unanswered questions that the human race has been pondering for centuries, and, needless to say, the answer has not been found.

Although these questions pertain to everyone, everyone does not necessarily consider them. On the other hand, nearly everyone asks, "Who am I?" at one point or another.

Nearly everyone knows their own facts. We know our names, dates of birth, our heritage and other such superficial things about ourselves. However, "Who am I?" cannot be answered by merely stating facts that are obvious to everyone.

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The question can be answered when one makes an honest evaluation about his or her life.

As a 17-year-old African-American female, it is somewhat difficult to answer this question. I have not lived long, but during this short period I have gained some knowledge about who I am at this stage in my life.

First, I really am what I am. What am I? I sometimes don't appreciate what I have. I take my parents, friends, family and life itself for granted.

I am a procrastinator. I am unsure about my future. I wonder if I will disappoint my parents, my friends, my family or, worse, myself.

I make mistakes and will probably continue making them, but this is how I see it: I am only human, and I am bound to make errors. The best thing I can do is forgive myself for my mistakes, look into the future and try not to repeat the past.

I have weaknesses, but I also have my strengths. I have a kind heart, and I am a warm person. I also am determined.

In life, we all have to take the good along with the bad, and when it comes to answering the question of who I am, I realize that I am a combination of both good and bad qualities.

Who am I? I am me - charming, intelligent and selfish, at times - and that is something I have to deal with.

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