We are therefore social beings. Thus, we take a risk every time we express our opinion because in so doing we expose ourselves to the possible ridicule of other social beings. However, in the journey to becoming ourselves we must be willing to stay true to who we are becoming and not allow others to dictate who we should become. In making the decision to become ourselves we run the risk of losing contact with many of the other social beings who would rather we conform to their standard of living.
The ‘journey to be oneself’ seems to be a journey filled with securities and insecurities, positivity and negativity, joy and sorrow, highs and lows. It is the journey that we all face on a daily basis. Interestingly, the journey begins at birth, therefore we cannot escape. Although we are surrounded by family and friends throughout our lives the only person who can assist you in becoming yourself is you. In other words, in spite of our genealogy and our immediate environment the depth, the scope, the height of who we are or who we can ever become depends on us.
In my college career perhaps the greatest risk is the risk of losing my identity in the midst of all my new experiences. Would I remain true to who I am and in spite of possible rejection or negative feedback? Would I be able to remain true to myself regardless of the circumstance?
Another risk is the lack of inner strength or fortitude to say no to what I do not wish to become. I believe that this struggle to maintain my ‘no’ in the midst of incentive and endearing factors is another major risk.The struggle that ensues when one decides against conformity could be a bitter one but I intend to end this journey by becoming me and not some other being.
A third risk is the risk of failure to remain true to myself and true to what I am capable of doing. I know there may be times when I will be confronted with failure and rejection of my mental capability.