Sun Tzu once said: Know yourself, and you’ll win all battles. The battle against yourself. The battle against others. Most importantly, the battle against insignificance.

Self-awareness does not result from an epiphany but a constant self-confrontation; a constant questioning of who you really are. So, Identity is not as constant most people think. Some think identity is a set of ideals that we represent, rather, i feel it is a set of responsibilities we must undertake. We are what we do.

But we must remember that our identity need not be singular. Who we are is an amalgamation of different identities (brother, son, student, writer). People only fail if they do not acknowledge their other identities and focus on the one thing they feel comfortable being. You must be able to accept new identities, leave your comfort zone and have the strength to release those identities that are no longer applicable.

The concept of identity and the realization of who you are transcends wealth, health, and happiness. In this world where mortality and deteroration of our physical is a given condition, we need to strive to create a symbolic self to carry on.

Don’t limit your symbolic self by being one thing. Create, build, and cultivate your identity just like a garden. Then transcend cultural and societal expectations and just BE.

Word for the Wise,
Johnny Virtue



  1. 1 Chloe December 12, 2008 at 6:28 am

    i really really like this

  2. 2 sade December 13, 2008 at 3:35 am

    this is good. really good!

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