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Figuring out who you are

on Tuesday, 05 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Philip Maenza

A little over a year ago I adopted a dog. I found him on CraigsList. I was told that he was half Husky and half Corgi. I was also told that he was fixed, house trained, and leash trained. He was none of these things. Despite the misinformation, I loved him just the same. After a few weeks, he was house trained and getting used to a leash. A few months later, when he became old enough, he got fixed. He also got a more appropriate named that suited him. His name is Sully.

Even though a lot of the initial issues were resolved with time, there was one question that still remained: what breed of dog is Sully? He clearly was too big to be half Corgi. Furthermore, he wasn’t big enough, or the right coloration to be a Husky. Many people had made suggestions as to what breed of dog Sully could be. Some suggested part German Shepherd, which is understandable, while others suggested maybe part Labrador, which is not close at all.

To me, it didn’t matter what Sully was, all that mattered was that he was mine. He sleeps at the foot of my bed. He enjoys chasing his cat brothers around the house. He is a very good boy. Regardless of his breed, he is a pretty dog. He is always getting compliments about his coat, his piercing green eyes, and my favorite part, his pointy ears.

A few weeks ago Sully had to go to the vet for a checkup. While we were there an employee saw Sully and exclaimed: “What a pretty Kelpie you have!” A rush of questions came flooding to my mind, “Could this be it? Is that what Sully is? A Kelpie? What even is that?”

After a quick bit of research on the Internet, I was able to see other Kelpies and I realized that Sully was, in fact, an Australian Kelpie. At long last, I figured out what breed of dog Sully is. I was overjoyed and eager to tell my friends who have also been on this journey of wonder with me.

I think of how this relates to us as people. Sometimes we have a hard time figuring out who we are. It seems that a lot of us are trying to understand who we are.

Life is a journey of discovery. No matter how old or young someone is we all are always trying to figure out the next step to take in life. The next step that will allow us to learn more about ourselves and make even greater self-discoveries about who we are as a person. Sometimes, as in the case of Sully, it takes the help of someone else to achieve that goal. We need to be willing to allow other people in our lives to help us grow and discover who we are. It is only then that we will be able to experience joy and relief in our own personhood.

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