My Personal Identity Analysis

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Each individual in the world develops his or her particular identity. However, we don't shape our identity by ourselves, there are many different ways we can discover who we are and what we want to become in the future. Our background, family, and name have an impact on how we see ourselves and how we are judged by the society. In my country, Mali, your family name can define your personality and your origins. I couldn't believe that a simple name is enough to discover one's identity until I go to my native country in 2015. I met a man with whom I exchanged for a couple of hours, he asked me about my name I replied Diaby and I mentioned that I was living in Congo with my family. It seemed like he knew everything about me because of the name…show more content…
He was a Griot. Griots are storytellers and singers, they relate the history of Nobles. Nobles are people Griots work for, they are considered as Griots masters. Griots are taught about Nobles's histories since their childhood and they are paid by Nobles for the care they provide such as cooking and housekeeping. My conversation with the man helped me to understand the fact I ignore about my family's name. Moreover, I found that the name I inherited from my family has a great influence on the person I become today. My family shape my identity through the historical name that they give me. I belong to a Noble's family. In Mali, the society is divided in two classes: we have Nobles and Griots. Nobles have huge advantages over griots, it seems like Griots are their slaves. Griots have to make sure that Nobles needs are always satisfied. People who are named Diaby are considered as sweet, understandable and hard-workers. So, whenever I tell anybody I am Diaby they expect me to do well and be like my ancestors because they were devoted to keep the honor…show more content…
Children who are supported by their family tend to have more determination for accomplishing their goals and are ambitious in their lives. I would never be the person I am today without my parents. They help me to discover myself through advises they provide me. I remember when I was five years old, my father kept asking me about my goals. I used to say I want to become a judge but it seems like he was unhappy with my idea. He explained me that our culture is different from others. There are some careers we consider as inappropriate for women such as law, police officers... I wasn’t discouraged at all when he explained me the purpose why he didn’t agree with my idea. I came up with the view of changing my career into medecine. My family was so amazed because they think medecine is the right job for a Muslim and Malian woman. They continued to encourage me when I was in high school, so I voted for science and I got my diploma in science. Then, I moved here in the United States. My family is struggling to give me as much assistance as they can through their financial and emotional supports because they want me to succeed in order to be the first doctor of the family. I have a certitude that if my parents were careless toward me I would not get there. I would may be end up at the kitchen as other women in my country. In Mali, when you are twenty and you still single they
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