This is Us

Who are you?

My husband, my mom and I were fortunate enough to watch a production of Fiddler on the Roof last week. I was surprised by my emotional reaction to the play.

One of the things I thought about afterwards was what a gift it is to have a strong sense of identity.  In the play, the characters’ identities were firmly rooted in family, community, tradition and faith.

I thought about how far we have strayed from that model. I considered my own sense of identity and was reminded that I did have one as a kid growing up in Europe; I was an American.

I was part of a small, but highly recognizable, group and there was an automatic sense of belonging and of kinship- even with people you didn’t know but just happened to see, or hear, in a restaurant or on the train.

I still can tap into that bond today, even though I live in the United States.

A sense of identity and belonging is profoundly important, and it is never too late to establish.

Where is your identity rooted?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 comments on “Who are you?

  1. New York. I am firmly a New Yorker, and an American.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I was raised with a strong sense of identity to family, church, school, and country. I’m sorry for those who do not have that basic foundation to grow on. I have known people who find a great sense of identity in being a Christian and seeing other Christians as family as made possible by a knowledge that God is the Father of us all.

    Liked by 1 person

    • My identity is first and foremost found in Christ. I didn’t become a Christian until I was an adult, but being part of God’s family is everything to me.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: