Robert Birming

False identities

I heard an interview with Rachel "Yoga Girl" Bråthén. She talked about how certain things in her past, like being vegan, became a kind of identity. It was all or nothing. "This is me. This is who I am. End of story!"

It's easy to get too attached to that kind of self-image, whether it's advocating for healthy eating or reviewing cell phones.

Looking back, I can relate to this myself. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, weight training, blogging, and more have all served as a “false” sense identity for me at some point — at least to some extent.

Of course, it's not what we do that's the problem; it's how we see ourselves in relation to what we do. You can have a million followers and still be the most grounded person in the world.

No matter how "important" or "unimportant" our roles in life are, it's good to remind ourselves of this truth from time to time. Status and possessions come and go, but who we are on a deeper level remains.