The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Who am I?

For most people, our identity is fluid in our teenage years. It is unsettled, changeable and erratic. Some young people worry about who they are becoming. You might feel like you're one type of person today and a completely different person tomorrow. That's okay. Your identity is still taking shape and it will be for some years to come. 

There are two important questions I think we should ask ourselves when we are reflecting on who we really are. The first is, am I being true to myself? Is the image I'm projecting and the identity I'm claiming for myself consistent with my own values? The second question is, does it really matter what other people think of me? Sometimes it's hard to be yourself in the face of peer pressure and public expectations. However, it's even harder to live a lie and wear a mask all your life.

It takes courage to be yourself and to define your own identity. You should always respect someone who shows that strength of character. People like Mohammed Ali, the world heavyweight boxer, who changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he regarded as a slave name, to a Muslim name, which reflected his faith in Islam. Another person who has the mettle to be herself is Catherine McGregor AM, a former Army officer, transgender activist, and sports commentator. It can't have been easy for Catherine or Mohammed, but they were faithful their true identity .

It says in the Bible, that God knows everything about each one of us. So always remember, God knows who you really are and loves you.

For you created my inmost being;  
you knit me together in my mother's womb.  
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  
your works are wonderful,  
I know that full well.

Psalm 139

God Bless