I wrote a blog post on “finding yourself” recently, and I discovered an interesting word exercise. Think about this:
When we define ourselves, we usually use a word construction that goes: “I” + present tense “to be” + noun.
I am a writer.
I am an artist.
I am a sister.
I am an adventurer.
I am a linguist.
I somewhat hate this passive, present-tense verb-of-existence form of identification. One does not verb anything other than “being.” Boring. Static.
We hang our essence on the peg of some other noun.
I love my family.
Languages fascinate me.
Doesn’t what we do say more about who we are?