It’s what defines us… who we are, what we stand for, our past and our future. We hold on to values, culture, language, religion, morals, family, ethics…. we hold on to identity. We all struggle in varying degrees with our sense of identity, some more than others. We strive to keep the norms, hand down the dress, memorize the songs, pass on the recipes, learn the customs but most importantly teach our children their roots and the roots of their ancestors.
We pass on to them the foundations that they can pass on to the next generation in the hopes that they won’t be lost. We hold on to thoughts so that when they are lost in the sea of discovery, self-actualization and development they will see the light radiating from the lighthouse illuminating the direction to their identity.
Nehal El Guindy
Nehal is a Licensed Clinical Counselor in Maryland and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. Nehal currently has a private practice, LeVant Counseling, in Urbana, Maryland. She is a mother of a son and two daughters and enjoys hiking, reading, socializing and traveling.