When we're young, identity can be elusive. We search for symbols of self: Nationality, ethnicity, profession, education, possessions. Often, we happen upon a resume rather than a fully-formed person.
Twenty-six year old Jayme Gershen has tried on these accessories for size and judged them insufficient for her satisfaction. Jayme readily admits that identifying herself by a specific location seems "a bit confusing": She's a Polish-American, currently living in Sarasota, Florida, who recently spent a year in Colombia. Jayme hesitates to label herself a photographer, though she spends each day capturing pieces of her world through images.
Since July 2013, Jayme has acted as a caretaker for her grandmother, Doris, a “tough cookie” battling a most insidious enemy, dementia. Through their daily interactions, Jayme has a gained a heightened appreciation for the present: “When I feel frustrated or stressed out, she giggles or makes a face and it helps me to reconnect to the moment we are in together.”
Definitive identity may be forever out of reach, but Jayme's current outlook provides an example to be considered and admired, a reminder to keep your feet on the ground and cherish each second as it ticks away–even when we face discomfort, a giggle and a new adventure always await.
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