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Who are you really?

“…And what were you before?” Do you know where that is from? A: Casablanca. Such a great movie. Now, on to the topic at hand.

Here is the question for today: Are you as people perceive you? Or do people perceive a totally different YOU?

We may walk the streets with a smile on our faces, interacting with the world around us and making people know us the way we like them to know us. We may not have a care in the world. Or we may, have all types of dilemmas surrounding us, yet we still smile and live on our lives without those around us suspecting a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, when I say how people perveive you I do not mean they know the intimate details of your life, but the essential information as to how you are like, what you do enjoy and who you like to be around.

So who are you really? Are you who you say you are? Really? Or do you wear a mask, that hides who you truly are? Criminals need not answer, as their answer would be obvious.

10 Responses to “Who are you really?”

  1. CeCe |

    I wear a mask… I don’t need to tell you who I am (really.)

  2. Swair |

    I’ve gotten a whole bunch of responses when I ask what people’s first impression of me was, but the one I got the most was that a LOT of people perceived me as “maghroora” and “shayfa nafsi” which is weird because I don’t think I am lol

    Apparently, that’s how I seem at first (according to some people) and then when I open up, I’m different and I’m “me”, whatever that means lol

    Fa yea, I’m maghroora to some people, just plain quiet to others and sometimes “mysterious” *rolls her eyes* which could mean anything!

  3. Marzouq |

    Depends really, if its work, family or friends… with me what u c is what you get.. simple as that.. and my bite is bigger then my bark :D

  4. Haider |

    Deep, my friend.

    It’s interesting how much time we spend with ourselves, without getting acquainted with who we are. :)

    Even the people around us. We can have a one-dimensional view of them – or see them as noise in the background – without pausing for a moment to see them as human beings, with feelings, ambitions, concerns, insights, etc.

    It feels great to connect with people on that level: Human to human, rather than simply face to face.

    And Swair, sometimes confidence is interpreted as ghuroor (conceit, arrogance) by those who lack confidence and have low self-esteem. The emphasis here is on *sometimes.* You ARE maghroora! :P (only kidding!)

  5. Swair |

    Haider: DUDE! Ma etefaqna 3ala chethi lol

    I think that even if somebody lacks confidence (and I go through that sometimes, when I have my off days), they’re supposed to feel like they should be closer to people with confidence.
    When I’m going through some days where I’m just not me, I tend to pay more attention to confident people (even if they’re strangers, which is weird) hoping that it’d cheer me up, rub off on me a little like fairy dust, rather than avoid them and call them arrogant..

    But that’s just my point of view :)

  6. Amethyst |

    I don’t think I’m perceived as who I am because I seem to be told that I’m very snobbish and stuck up. It could be true, but I don’t believe so.

    And I wear a mask in one case only; when I’m hurt.

    ;*

  7. Opal |

    Interesting question! With advances in network engineering what they are, it’s incredibly difficult wearing a mask online even if you wanted to. In real face to face encounters with others you can, wearing a mask, fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all the time. When someone is able to look right through you it makes you feel so naked and foolish and I worry myself sick when I let my guard loose, which is most of the time. And it isn’t as if you are being a pseudo if you are required to wear a Venetian – sometimes it’s best that way, especially, when there are internal conflicts going on inside your head or you belong to a minority view in a very oppressive environment.

  8. Intlxpatr |

    People who are in the inner circle know me well – I am transparent. Most of the inner circle are, like me, introverted, and we communicate more by e-mail and message than by phone. When we get together we have a great time, but we are all people who value our time alone.

    Those who are acquaintances think I am lively and social and well-connected. I am well-connected, but the lively and social part is pure training on my mother’s part. I can do it because she taught me well, but I pay a price. I can hardly wait to leave the event, whatever it is, and then I need a couple hours of silence to replenish my soul.

    I am fairly self-contained. I am also generous to others. While I conceal some aspects of my life on my blog, pretty much what you see is the real me. I just have more facets than you see.

  9. Town Girl |

    I do believe that because I do not know who and what is ME , I can’t find my other ! , Im lost and he can not find me :I

    ???? ??? ???? ?????

    :I

  10. Online Muzik Dinle |

    Its interesting how much time we spend with ourselves, without getting acquainted with who we are. :)

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