Many years ago when I was a young mother and wife I had a doctor ask me who I was. I told him I was a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, friend, on and on. He said no, who are you? I only knew who I was in relationship to others and had not thought about who I truly was. He told me to go home and come back in a week and tell him who I was. That was one of the hardest assignments I had experienced at that time.
I went home and cried because I didn't know how to answer him. I thought about the question every day and still so much of my life was spent complimenting the others in my life that I could not come up with a good answer. I had a hard time thinking of myself as an individual. However, as I reflect back on that time and the question posed to me I am grateful that at such an early age I was confronted with such an important question.
Today I am able answer that question with the clarity of age. I am a spiritual being having a physical experience. I am the manifestation of God on earth since I am made in the image of God. I am love and compassion. I am peace and comfort. I am a strong woman with all the frailties that life brings but I am also secure in the wisdom of a life lived on purpose.
We really aren't free to be ourselves until we can answer that question. So I ask you, "Who are you?" Spend some time in reflection and find your answers. No one else can answer this for you. Only you.