Who Are You?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and discussing on this topic as of late. A lot of it stems from an increased focus on self-awareness and self-acceptance, as vital parts of my recovery from social anxiety and depression.

For the longest time, I wondered if I even knew who I was. So, after a lot of soul searching, heres what I’ve come up with:

I’m an introvert. As such, I value a few close friendships over many shallow ones, and prefer deep conversation over small talk.

I enjoy the simple things in life.

I don’t need a lot of money/material things to be happy.

I’m a writer.

I’m an artist (musician, model-builder, aspiring painter).

I’m an encourager/motivator.

I’m a self-healer (physically/mentally/emotionally).

I’m a Christian. There are things I struggle with here, to be sure, but the core beliefs are there.

I’m a conservative. I keep an open mind, but for the most part, this rings true for me.

I’m a husband. I’m married to my best friend. We’ve been through a lot, but we’ve come through it stronger in ourselves and in each other, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I’m a father. Even though our miniature dictator can drive me absolutely bonkers, fatherhood is the most amazing thing, and one of the biggest things that keeps me striving to be a better person.

I’m a geek.

I’m socially anxious and occassionally depressed, but working hard to change these things.

I’m more like my parents than I would like to admit, but I’m learning that for the most part, thats okay.

I’m very inquisitive.

I can be insecure, but am also working hard to change this.

I’m a night owl. Hoot hoot.

I appreciate most kinds of music, but will always gravitate towards the classic rock/metal sound.

I love to laugh.

I love random late-night road trips.

I’m pretty empathetic.

I’m incredibly self-aware, and working on complete self-acceptance.

So, I challenge you to consider the same.

Do you know who you are?

Do you accept who you are?

If not, what would you change?

Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my full blog for more content on mental health and motivation/inspiration.

Have an awesome day peoples. πŸ™‚

– Andy

23 thoughts on “Who Are You?

  1. Very clear self analysation.

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    1. Growing Pains Oct 3, 2018 — 00:05

      It helps to know who we are. Sometimes it just takes some time to figure it out. πŸ™‚

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  2. chrisbrittany Oct 7, 2018 — 11:28


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    1. Growing Pains Oct 16, 2018 — 02:16

      Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

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  3. I know exactly who I am. And… I accept the good and the bad, I am me and I love it! But I’m only saying that because I’m in a decent mood at the present. People can just be pretty.. hmph, hard. You know?
    My dream is to write a book that will help other people discover their own selves… but not some lame self help book. I wanna make it like an activity and interactive book. Because I’m also a teacher, and I like to tell stories, and I’m lame and think it’s fun to do stuff like that. Haha. Sigh. If only there was time. maybe one day. πŸ™‚

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    1. Growing Pains Oct 24, 2018 — 00:13

      An interactive self-help-esque book is such a unique idea. I love it! I completely understand time being an issue, but dang, if you ever get crackin’ on this, keep me posted! And I could not agree more. Its easy to accept oneself when we’re in a good place emotionally/psychologically. The key is to get to a place where we can be consistent with that acceptance through all seasons of life. I’m working on it. All the best to you as well. πŸ™‚


  4. Like Dr. Seuss said,,,β€œToday you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

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    1. Growing Pains Oct 24, 2018 — 00:08

      I love that quote. Its actually among my list of upcoming things to write on. πŸ™‚


    1. Growing Pains Oct 24, 2018 — 00:06

      Many thanks!


  5. Finding who you are is an amazing gift to yourself! I don’t think many out in this world do this, as it is work and for some reason many think they are just fine the way they are, even though many are living unhappy lives. I have been on this journey for the last year and a half, sometimes feely pretty alone, but I have learned this is a gift! To know I am ok, all alone, not needing anyone, because I have found me and that is a gift that I will never regret. Congrats on all your work!!

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    1. Growing Pains Oct 29, 2018 — 22:43

      Yes, it can be a very lonely journey at times, but an incredibly rewarding one as well. Thanks so much for sharing, and for the encouragement. πŸ™‚


    2. Growing Pains Oct 29, 2018 — 22:43

      Also, I tried to access your page, but it says its been deleted?


      1. Really when I check it is all good…??


      2. Growing Pains Oct 30, 2018 — 00:18

        Yeah, I’ve tried to access it a couple of different ways, and get the same message “Site not available. The user has deleted the site.” πŸ€”


      3. Ok, I will have to see what is going on….

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      4. Growing Pains Oct 30, 2018 — 00:51

        Lemme know! I’d love to check out your material. πŸ™‚

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      5. Well I don’t see anything wrong… I am still getting view and people coming to my site… I am on it right now and as far as I can see it is up and running!!


      6. Growing Pains Oct 30, 2018 — 03:50

        I dunno! Its so weird!!

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      7. Yes I agree!! Have you tried putting in freedomawakened?


      8. Growing Pains Oct 30, 2018 — 05:52

        Whew. Okay. Searching for Freedom Awakened worked. I dunno what all that was about, but I’m glad I found ya. Subbed! πŸ™‚


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