An Authentic Me

by Morgan Lewis, Final Project Religion III, 3rd Hour

A More Authentic Person

Being an 'authentic person' means many things. It can mean being truthful or kind to others. It can mean striving for greatness or having courage to do what you truly wish to accomplish in life. For me, being a more authentic person translates into being my own person by my own true guidelines. It means not conforming to what other people tell you to become or do. You live by your standards and aim to be the best version of you that you can be.
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Who Are You Now?

Now, in my third and junior year of highschool, I feel as though I am someone who still has not discovered who they truly want to be. I have an open mind and a tendency to empathize with others.

When I become dedicated to something in my life, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically, I often stray away from it after a few weeks of the same routine. Keeping to myself and being kind to others when I can is something that I've always done since I was young. Being an only child gives you the ability to thrive in your own presence and I still attribute my imagination to this factor of my life.

Dividing my life into sections, I would say that they are ranked as follows:

  1. Family and Friends
  2. Spiritual Life
  3. Academics
  4. Personal Life
  5. Hobbies

Who Do You Want to Become?

I want to become more intuitive, committed, and kind to everything in my life that I hold important. This consists of my family, friends, school work/grades, and life outside of school (spiritual life and personal life). To become more connected with God is goal of mine, as well as taking what we have learned in Theology of the Body and applying those studies to my life. I want to give myself and other people more respect.

I don't want to fear growing up and leaving high school. I would like to be someone who inspires others and who helps other become better with my words and actions.

What Are Your Dreams in Life? Your Passions?

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My dreams in life all revolve around two things: my career and my family/friends. I want to accomplish so much in my career and my personal life. I dream about editing novels for large publishing corporations, but I also dream of helping others in the marketing field where I get to travel and inspire others. I also have a small want to get into becoming a pediatrician, but I think it's just because I love working with children.

I dream of inspiring others and helping others understand places that they've never stepped foot on or seen before. It sounds strange to those who do not read, but to accomplish what I've read so many times before in some of my favorite books is such a dream for me.

Other than reading/writing, I take interest in music, art, and swimming.

English, reading, and learning about other cultures/places in general has always been a passion of mine. I'm a realistic person though and I do understand that getting an occupation that consists of these things is slim, but I can work hard to achieve attaining a job that includes some of the things I love to do daily.

What Kind of Person Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? 10 Years?

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I see myself in college in five years. In ten, I'll probably be working my job and living my life. I feel as though I'm a person who will settle down in their early thirties or late twenties; definitely not before those years. I will also be a more spiritual and mature person in ten years.

Where Is Christ in Your Life? Where Will Christ Fall in Your Future Vocation? What Do You Believe Is Your Vocation?

Christ is in my life in everyday that I say and do. God is present when I accomplish things and when I fail them, but He is there to support me when I get back up and continue moving. Christ is always present in our lives because he has gifted us with grace and the ability to learn and do extraordinary things through him.

Christ will help me with my decision of my future vocation. I'm confused on what I want to do with my life right now, but I'm sure that God will send me on the right path.

I believe my vocation is whatever God chooses for me. It might be writing to inspire others, but it might also be in the medical field. Whatever it may be, it will be the right choice for me as Morgan Lewis because God has made it so that there is only one of me in the world. That's what's so unique about every human being: there is not one the same because of God's design.

God's design calls us to love and to love someone is a willed decision to dedicate oneself to someone for the good of another. Love involves giving a sincere gift of oneself to others. Through the sacraments and God's grace I can have a visibility spiritual life through loving others.

Theology of the Body has helped me learn this. God has created me to be such an individual and that I need to respect my body and privilege to my life and others' lives.

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