Ms. Altruistic

Exploring Myself

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

I decided to keep this hilariously simple title because I thought it was appropriate. I did introduce myself before but I wanted to delve a bit deeper here and therefore I didn’t know what to title this post.

I really struggled to name my blog, and I wanted it to be something original but also something that didn’t limit me. Sure I could’ve made it a foodie blog, or one about being a student, or a social worker but I wanted the freedom to write on any topic here. I chose Ms. Altruistic because I thought it was an interesting part of my personality. I’m a lot of things: loyal, witty, hardworking, intelligent, passionate, open-minded. But altruism wasn’t a quality I’d ever considered in myself until recently.

The Google dictionary defines altrusitic as “showing as disintered and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish.”/

I had been curious what my Myers-Briggs type was for awhile now, but usually the test is only given in person. Several weeks ago I found a website that claims to give accurate results online. It was free and so I jumped at the chance. My results came back INFP, what this website coined as “The Mediator.” As I read the results back to my mom we actually laughed at how accurate it was. It even suggested social work or any helping profession, as a potential career. What I found interesting was in the Strengths & Weaknesses section. While idealistic and altruistic were listed as strengths, they were also listed as weaknesses. Hence, I could often be too idealistic and altruistic. I reflected on that now I do see the altrusim in myself. It’s a quality that I think is admirable but it does lead to me being let down and hurt. Especially because I don’t always remember that everyone else is as well meaning as myself. But don’t get me wrong, I have had to be selfish and that’s another blog post.

In my college ethics classes the professor often challenged the idea of altruism. He regularly told us, “People are self interested beings.” In many cases I believe that, but I think that being selfless can also be present. I don’t believe that we are 100% selfless or 100% seflish. There has to be a middle ground somewhere.

Like I said in my introduction, I want my blog to be a place of self growth, for myself and those who read it. I think that if any of us could stand to improve upon ourselves, selflessness is an excellent place to start, and so the name of this blog was born.

Another new thing I learned about myself through taking the Myers-Briggs was that I’m a true creative. That’s probably why everytime I’m in Hobby Lobby I want to get a hobby. I’ve picked up and put down several creative hobbies but none really have been something that I feel like I can stick with. I initially wanted to start a YouTube channel, but I know nothing about video editing. However, I do know a bit about graphic design and WordPress makes the behind the scenes web coding easy. All I have to do to maintain a blog is to write- and I excel at that.

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