Who am I?
I am a father firstly and most importantly. A husband who supports his spouse. A friend to all. I am a proud American. A fiercely trained, combat tested Marine. A student of academia and life. An individualist who marches to his own drum. I am someone who practices philanthropy. I am a war Veteran two times over. I am human. I am a man. I am an adventurer. I am honest. I am loyal. I am trustworthy. I am a contradiction. I am what my perception of myself wants me to be.
I have taken the time to explore who I am, what my moral values are and what I stand for lately. My perspective of myself is fluid and transformative. Never motionless. I served the country I love as a Marine. Responsible, leading my squad of men in the largest coalition invasion, in the long drawn out battle against insurgency in Afghanistan.
I have decided to change my views and opinions on how I view my reflection. It is one of the only ways I have been able to accept things I have seen. I was surprised to learn that I have a lot of hidden depths to explore about myself.
Projection and Reflection
I think how we see ourselves is one of the major contributors for how we communicate. We all kind of project ourselves onto the people who we are talking to. I feel like because of this, as we communicate, how we see ourselves comes out in what we say to others. One way would be if we see ourselves as negative, then our communication tends to be negative. Or if we have positive view of ourselves, we tend to get along better with others. This is a view that everyone seems to overlook. The ability of foresight.