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[Student’s Name] [Instructor’s Name] [Course name and code] 4 October 2011. Drivers of Identity Identity is what one carries with oneself throughout the life. It is a set of behaviors and characteristic features that the people around you associate with you.
Whatever you do the most becomes a part of your identity. Of biology, personal choice and environment, the strongest driver of an individual’s identity is environment. As a child, I used to think that I would never smoke. I used to curse cigarettes and could not find one good reason why people should smoke. Watching people smoke made me sick. I never touched a cigarette myself and did not have any intentions of doing so in the time to come. You would be surprised to learn that despite all this hatred that I cultivated in my heart against cigarettes in my childhood, I am a smoker today! It so happened that one day, I was sitting with my friends in the park all of whom happened to be smokers. It felt so awkward to sit amongst them and yet not smoke! One of my friends offered me a cigarette, and I was like "ok...". I lit the cigarette, smoked in and coughed. That was the only time I coughed after having smoked. Further smoking did not make me cough, it just made me feel good and unfortunately today, cigarettes have become a part of my identity. Had I followed my biology or personal wish, I would never have been a smoker today. Since I am one, I must believe that environment influenced me to be the smoker. Today, I believe that to be a man means to be strong and independent. When I reflect at my experiences, I can trace this belief to the social gatherings in my childhood. ...
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