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I've been thinking a lot lately about how the way we identify ourselves changes over time. When you're a little kid, you self-identify like this: My name is Timmy, I'm 4 years old. Later on in life, it becomes "Hi, I'm Tim. I'm a computer science major", or "I'm Mark's partner".

As time goes on, some of the things I use to describe myself are still true, but they aren't the things that I want to emphasize anymore. Some of them, though, just aren't true anymore because I've left that part of my life behind (really, I'm not still 4, and if I were, I wouldn't admit it because you have to be older than that to have an account on most social sites).

I've been thinking a lot about whether a few of the ways that I identify myself are part of the things that I'm just not emphasizing right now, and which are things that belong in my past. Working with emergency responders via CERT has been a focus of mine for a while, but for several reasons, I'm just not as involved with it as I used to be. Square dancing was an important part of my life for many years, but it's nearly impossible to keep at it with my current situation. Should I relegate those identities to the past? Are they "things that are true that I no longer emphasize", or are they "things that were once true, but not anymore"?

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