It’s not always fun to admit, but in a lot of ways we are a product of our environment. The culture, media, socio-economic settings, and ecology in the environments we grow up in factor hugely into our development- informing aspects of who we are, what we do and how/what we value. I sometimes criiiiinge at the thought of how many of my preferences are so typical for my demographic (unless I’m totally off base here and there are actually only a few other 30-something white dudes who love artsy psychological thrillers, Springsteen, IPA’s and the idea of driving a Prius)- after all, there’s a lot of importance in Canada placed on individuality, uniqueness, and so forth.
More often these days though, I can just chuckle about it, because as much as I am in some ways a “type”, that doesn’t really take away from the things that are more idiosyncratic about me, and it certainly doesn’t take away from the uniqueness of the life journey I’ve been on. As much as we are inundated with the messaging that we ought to be individuated in some way, we also get contradictory messaging about how we should aspire to be things that we aren’t- how our lives would be improved if we whittle away aspects of ourselves that deviate from a perceived ideal. At the end of the day, I am what I am- and with a little self-awareness, good humour and effort I can grasp the parts of my life that I do have control over and steer it in a direction that’s right for me. How has your environment helped inform your identity? What’s you’re relationship with your demographic, and your identity? As always, comments are welcome below #uncededcoastsalishterritories #therapy #vancouverbc #counsellingpsychology #counselling #healthylifestyle #counsellor #mentalhealth #fitness #stopkindermorgan #healthylifestyle #vancouverisawesome #pnwexplorations #yvr #keepitwild #hellobc #vancouverofficial #beach #identity #demographics #vancityfeature #pnw #hawaii #beautifulbritishcolumbia #maui #pnwonderland #keepitwild #mixvancouver #beautyofbc #wifey #welcometothebonfire - 14 minutes ago