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Picturing My True Identity

Laura in Madrid, Spain, Summer 2000

Tonight I had dinner with my friend Harmony who is taking a 100-day break from working and blogging about it. Yesterday she shared an old photo of herself that gave her insight to one of the happiest moments of her life and insight into her true self.

But it’s more than just a photo; it’s about finding who you are based on who you were from your past. As Harmony puts it in her blog post:

Right now I have two books on my nightstand (from the library). Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson and Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis. I am finished with the former and just a chapter into the latter. Tim may not be as good at writing as Jeff is, but he is a pretty damn good scientist. He proposes that so many of our societies ills and traumas could be cured with story editing. He describes a method for re-writing how you see yourself. By changing our own self image, we can be happier, more successful and healthier – and this is all proved with scientifica studies.

If we could merge this “surprising new science of psychological change” with the message in Jeff’s book, “how sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live,” you would end up with more or less what I am doing here with this blog.

Tonight when I got home, I went through my boxes of photos to find one that represented the image of how I see myself. The one that stuck out the most is the one at the top of this post. This one was taken in Madrid, Spain during the summer of 2000. I was 14 and on a student ambassador trip to Italy, France, and Spain. It was a summer of self-discovery and figuring out who I was, which is something that is bound to happen as a teenager studying abroad or traveling internationally with other teenagers.

This photo was taken before our final dinner of the three-week long trip. And the girl pictured here turned into the one below – a freshman in high school, with confidence of steel, true friends, and blue hair.

When I think of my own self image, this is who I think of.

Laura and Jaclyn, freshman year

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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Love the photos, love the thoughts, love that I can now say I have been quoted. You are the best.

    • That you have, my dear. File this under “press.” 🙂

      • NightAngel79

        Posting cause you just linked this in elevate! :p

        • 😀 There you go

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          Hello, “NightAngel79”


          • NightAngel79


          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


            By the way, could you convince “Nick Kosmides” that I would want to have access to “PS4 Daily”, and I will NO longer be a moron on “PS4 Daily”.


          • NightAngel79

            Sorry, that’s on you 🙁

          • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

            Well, I already posted an apology, but I got NO response…

  • jnet

    You were never afraid to take on the world. I was and continue to be inspired by you.

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