Making changes

My invitation for the Peace Corps finally came in and I already had most of the information that came with it so it was exciting, but it was an email from the placement specialist that came with it that really caught my attention. She wanted to touch on two things that stood out from my interview and she wanted to comment and give me more information on.

They were from the questions at the end of the interview that I had asked. When asked about modifying my appearance this was more or less my answer “ I have two tattoos that are easily hidden. I also have piercings (gauges) in my ears. It’s a part of me therefore, I don’t like to change it. I feel as though we are to share our culture with the people of our site as well. I would be hesitant to change those, but if it’s that important I would have to do it. If I go in for an interview or someplace where it’s not casual, than I have to change my appearance. I have no problem with it. If there is something that I need to change, than I would do it.”

Who I am comes out in my appearance and I am very hesitant to ever change it because I feel like it is changing who i am and saying that who i am is not good enough.

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Maybe my unwillingness to change myself does have a lot to do with me being torn down and rebuilding myself. That somehow if I change for another person then I am saying that who Donald is not good enough. Reflecting on this manner of thinking now makes me see it as childish or immature, and it probably is. Being more flexible with your identity means that you are comfortable with it. Being on the extremes of either side (constantly changing your identity to whoever you’re around or being hard-headed and unwilling to change) might be signs of the need to completely accept yourself.

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4 comments

  1. I totally understand! I received my invitation this week and they want my to cut my dreads. I’m not too excited about it but I know in life we have to make sacrifices. I can’t wait to share more stories. Email me essah_cole@yahoo.com or twitter @essahcozett

    1. But i’m wondering if something like cutting your hair is a requirement or just a suggestion. There was something else that like glasses and contacts that i thought was a requirement but apparently just a strong suggestion. I know this is not near the same level but it is just a thought.

  2. I thought I was a suggestion but its a requirement to not have dreadlocks because I emailed and spoke with the placement officer after reading the description. Its definitely bittersweet, but life goes on.

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