Updated: Mar 31
Written by Taylor Wheeler
As a child, often, you hear people say, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most kids know that they give snazzy responses like, “An astronaut, a ballerina, a Rockstar!" But when it came to me, I rarely had an answer. My whole family had surfaced their talents and were not afraid to project them. People would always tease me by saying, “Taylor, your sister can sing, your mom can draw, what can you do?” These things never really discouraged me because, I mean, I was eight years old, and was I supposed to know what I wanted the rest of my life to be? Until eight turned to 18, and I still had no definite answer.
I have always struggled with my identity. In most ways, identity for me was who you were compared to the next person but not really what made you, you. As I got older and maturer, my view on identity changed quite a bit, and the underlying definition was different to me. It became more about what I stood for morally and drifted from physical, materialistic, and million-dollar professional goals.
My name is Taylor, and I believe I fit in with the people who enjoy being true to themselves. I stand with the creators, the people who have found themselves in their craft after being lost and compared to the rest of the world. This belonging has shaped me in many ways. And spending many years trying to discover who I am and shamed for having no clue left a lot of room for trial and error. I have made so many moral-less mistakes, followed behind many wrong people, and put up with a lot worse than good simply because I did not believe I was identifiable or strong enough to stand alone.
Looking back at past experiences, I can see where I lacked maturity in most surrounding relationships. And I think that who we are is whoever we want and seek to be, what we stand for, and when we choose to accept when we are lost or found in identity. A million people may have chosen a path, which can be easily discouraging. My question to you is, how do you define yourself? Your life experiences give you wisdom in your perspective, but they do not have to define you. A million things can go wrong, and some things are going to throw you off track strategically. But how you allow most things to define you says a lot about who you are.
I am Taylor, a young girl with big dreams. I have morals and integrity; I am a creator as well as a child of God. And because of those things, I define myself as nothing less than powerful.
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