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Rick Edelman (2002) stated in his book ‘Discover the Wealth within You’ that there is a great need to focus on our future.

  To be truthfully motivated, ready in becoming wealthy, living a healthy and balanced life, and knowing what you really want with your wealth and life… are the basic steps that Edelman instigated in his book.  Wealth, according to Edelman, should not be seen as an end in itself, but as means of achieving life-long dreams and goals while living an optimistic kind of life.  The writer has been very concerned with what the mind can do.

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  Despite the occurrence of change, people are capable of pursuing dreams and visions that build—and are being built—by the identity.The word ‘identity’ refers to how we see ourselves as a person, how we correlate with other people, how we see ourselves through the eyes of a stranger.  It predominates our senses and our actions, so that how we think, work, and act all goes down to the basics of what our self-identity is.  Because of this, identity carries with it huge power over us, despite the fact that, for most of the time, we are unaware of how it influences us in our everyday lives here on earth.  How does my identity change?  Do I have the power to influence my future identity?  These are the questions that the writer shall try to answer at the end of this paper.  By then, I would be able to understand more of who I really am, and what I can do to fulfill my goals and my vision.

  True, there is a need to believe in oneself when faced with a troubling circumstance… but how?Main BodyThe Social Identity TheoryTajfel’s social identity theory states that group identification and categorization are ‘generic processes’ that are factual and customary in the everyday strum of reality (Jenkins 21).[1]       There are group or collective identifications when being a part of the external ‘intergroup’ relations, and these identifications usually lead to categorizing the society—as it is being put in a black box where everyone is defined according to how other people perceive them to be.  When we interact with other people, we are being categorized externally according to the identity that they have formed out of what they see and hear in reality.  However, there are times when the interpretation does not match or correspond with reality.  The human world is acting the role of an arbitrator, and whether or not the statement is true, we are already being defined and sorted out.As stated by Jenkins (2004), “Individual identification emphasizes uniquely embodied differentiation” (79).  Individuals are labeled and assorted, as if we are about to be displayed in a junk shop of used and unused tools.  The way of the world is, sometimes, cruel and deceiving.

  People sometimes forget that who we are does not lie on what others think, but on what we perceive ourselves to be… however unlikely it may seem.My Identity… A Mystery?Who am I?  Have I changed?  Before I used to be a little kid holding a mini [doll/car] right at the end of _________ street.  After about five consecutive years I became a youth holding a microphone while imitating [Rose/Jack] in the Titanic film.  Then five years from that I became a graduating highschool student at [name of university]—not holding a [doll/car] anymore—but a diploma which I vowed shall be the used in mapping out the terrorists from around the world! Such a huge vision indeed!Back at highschool I was always somebody from the team of the magnificos.

  I usually hang out with the best guys in campus, and when the beat starts rolling, you can see me at the frontmost area of the arena.  I was accepted by everyone… students, teachers, workers; at least, that was how I perceive myself to be.  Now, after merely [number] years, I’m not sure on what my true identity is.

  Who am I now?  Other people say I’m a ________… I’m the best _________ in town… I’m the worst _________ in all of [name of city]… an eye catcher, a bore, a sports aficionado, a companion… somebody even called me Simpson!  One thing’s a fact, though… I have changed for sure.My Present IdentityChange is one of the most crucial facets on earth.  Whether we like it or not, or whether we profess it or not, change always happens, as it has the tendency to drive us according to our beliefs and experiences, which are complex and multifaceted.  Right now I am somebody who wants to finish school, so that I can pursue my dreams and visions.  I know that this is very far from who I declared I was back in highschool.  I have grown a lot.  I have matured a lot.  And I guess I have to acknowledge that as the fruit of the social identity theory, wherein my past intergroup relations, as well as the collective identifications and categorizations that I have received in the past, all made me into who I am now in reality.

  Social identifications may have the tendency to put us into a black box and be labeled like a piece of item in store.  However, merely by interacting with people and with these sometimes-selfish social identifications, the individual gets to learn something from the real world, which would influence him/her in the future.  We are being categorized by the public, but for all we know, even we ourselves categorize our world, other people, and even ourselves by labeling them and us intellectually…  classifying things, events, and persons according to what we believe they really are.Right now, I am not anymore an eye catcher, a sports aficionado or a wild Simpson… I am somebody now with dreams and visions for the future that I want to pursue, which as I categorized it, is the perfect picture for somebody who has rather chosen to view the world in a more distinctive way.

  The world may view me now in a similar manner they have done so since I was a child, but luckily, I am not a stranger of my own self.  I am me, and there’s no other one who knows me… than me.ConclusionThe idea of a coast guard officer standing erect in front of a black, dangerous world depicts an ideal state of personhood, which everyone believes should be possessed by everyone.  Imagine a life-long war made worse by dark nightmares and frightening hallucinations… a world governed by intense vindictiveness and captivity.

  Then out of a sudden, a strong and valiant coast guard officer comes into view, standing erect, holding his weapon with an intense eye for moves that may point to an enemy.  Everybody looks rather adoringly for such gallant heroism, but for all we know, inside his own majestic attire are veins that beat widely, horrifyingly!  This image can be similar to mine now in that we are both wearing costumes that notify us as somebody whom we really do not know.  Like this majestic coast guard officer, we stand erect with glorious attire, filling out a social identity with a personification that is precisely not ours.

  Unlike this officer, however, I do not care to admit who I really am, especially to my friends and family.Over the years, my identity has changed a great deal.  I change with what I experience, with what others perceive me to be, with what I want to be in the future… brought by images and stories of what should and should not be.  My identity changes with the passing of time, and due to the individual and social identification that gets people into being what they should be, I am now a vibrant officer of change, who believes that who I am and will be can be controlled by no one else but me.

  Interaction leads to categorization, yet it is us who have the power to decide our future, our dreams, and our world.  Identities change but only with strong internal influence of the mind, which makes a reality that future comings and goings all starts and ends… within the mind.

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