Like a lot of people, I spend a fair bit of my brain power trying to figure out ‘who I am’, which is something that a lot of western philosophy lusts over. I see the warning in this quote all the time: we start out with certain ambitions for ourselves, but then do something else, or act like someone else other than who we want to be, to finance or justify the means to our ends. Think of your daily rituals – how do you eat breakfast? How do you sleep? What do you spend the day doing? How do you treat people? Who you truly are is a culmination of your daily actions (what you DO, not what you THINK or what you SAY). Our actions speak to society for us, and the age old battle within ourselves is to get our outsides to match our insides (ambitions, dreams, etc.). What we want can easily fall by the wayside of what is easy, or the path offers the least resistance. Fight the conscious battle, and choose who you want to be each day. Then, be that person with your actions.
This photo was taken with a Nikon 105mm macro lens on a D800, with a beauty dish covered in a diffuser placed slightly to my left. I had the subject sit on a stool so that I could have some leverage on them, and so my vantage point is from slightly above eye level.