Identity vs Image
Identity is who you are. Image is how you are viewed by others. Both influence the choices that you make but identity offers much greater longer term rewards. Whenever possible, base your key life decisions on the person that you are.
Here are a number of quotes from film about identity and image.
"Who are we? Are we simply what others want us to be?"
"Everyone fails at who they're supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are."
"You can't get anywhere pretending to be someone you're not."
"Are you here to prove something to other people or to prove something to yourself?"
"A cover is nice but a cover is not the book."
"Everyone is special and nobody is like anyone else."
"To be rather than to seem."
"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else."
"Real coolness isn't about the color of your fur; it's about what you've got beneath it."
"No one can say what we get to be."