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May 272014
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Husband. Friend. Confidant. Son. Brother. Uncle. American. Adventurer. Engineer. Colleague. Teacher. Consumer. Provider. Athlete. Photographer. Geek. Artist. Glutton.

It is Memorial Day in the USA. The show of patriotism and remembrance is remarkably inspiring and widespread. The role of being an American is clearly top of mind for many people. But when and why does that fade away; why do our identities shift in priority with the holidays, with others’ behavior or seemingly with the wind at times? Who are you today? Who do you want to be? Who should you be?

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  7 Responses to “Identity”

  1. You can take the American out of America but you will never take the American out of the American. Same for me, I have lived in NZ for nearly 30 years but I will always remain a Scotsman.

  2. And ME – I will always remain an Australian and still retain my Australian passport, but I am happy to now call New Zealand home

    • Barbara, thank you for the unexpected insight! “Me” is the unique combination of all those roles which finally accounts for personality. Now where does that go on the list; front or back?

  3. Hi Dave. I do not have the problem or pleasure of being born in one country and living in another so cannot comment in detail. But I wonder if identity is about understanding who we are and being happy in our own skin. To pick up Barbara’s point, it is about “me” in the world.

  4. Living in another country and adopting it as home is not something everyone can do.

    My brother has lived in the UK for 8-9 years and has just decided that to be true to HIM then he belongs in New Zealand. He is in the process of packing up, leaving jobs and most importantly special people to come Home.

    I think that I would be like him. I would love to live overseas for a couple of years but I would come home

    • You raise an interesting point Ian. The choice to return to one’s roots is a difficult one to make. I think it is easier although still difficult to return to one’s birthplace after a small number of years, but when those years get to about 30 – it becomes extremely difficult. I comfort myself by having more holidays back in Sydney – and it is not that hard to just “fly across the ditch” for a week or two – or even a day or two.

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