We asked teens around the world: How does your community affect your identity or sense of self? Fareeha Shah, a contributor from Pakistan, answers this question with her essay. You can read more essays about authenticity, truth, and much more on the Global Beat group page or on Facebook.
Dishonesty, corruption and selfishness colored our previous government. Just when I had lost all hope, my grandmother told me about Pandora.
See, when Pandora married Prometheus, the gods sent down a box they told them not to open. Curiosity overcame them, and they opened it. Out came all the misgivings and misfortunes, but Pandora managed to get the box shut before hope escaped. My grandmother said that the fire she compared me to was the fire of hope. It was then I realized that not all was beyond salvation. I have met a group of friends that stick together as one, always, no matter what. The new government has instilled hope within people, because they seem to be working towards positive change.
My sense of self has evolved as I have come to observe my community. I have found light amid what seemed like gaping darkness, within true friends, strong individuals, and change. I see myself as a person that is absolutely true to those around me and myself with no facades, no affectations, but with a more positive outlook of people within society. Within what once seemed like a hopeless society, I have found Pandora’s box… and I don’t intend to let it go.
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