Today is Day 10 of the Self-Esteem Challenge, originally from Better than Dark Chocolate. It’s a series of questions and prompts to get you thinking about your good qualities and things that make you happy or proud. See my introductory post for more info.
I think a lot of who I am comes from the way I have been brought up as this is where I get my values from and these are very important to me. I’ve inherited quite a balanced mix of personality traits from each of my parents (all the best ones of course) and I’ve also been lucky enough to have a large but close-knit extended family. I was always very close to my grandparents and learned a lot from them as well as my parents. I was brought up to be down-to-earth, kind to others, loving, curious and open-minded. Being a ‘first-born’ child has probably also given me quite a maternal nature and a sense of responsibility, as well as a degree of bossiness!
My family always encouraged me to learn as much as I could about the world, buying me books and getting me interested in reading and writing from a young age. They were always encouraging but realistic too-I knew that I had to work hard to achieve my dreams. I also get my sense of humour and my somewhat eclectic taste in films and music from them. I do believe some of my experiences have shaped me into the person I am too.
But there are of course aspects of myself that are uniquely ‘me’-the peculiar quirks and way of thinking that no one else has. Where these come from I do not know, but I’m happy with them just the same.
What has made you into the person you are?