Be careful what you identify yourself with: may it be a name, a place, a dependency or anything external. Basically, the disappearance of that 'object' will lead to the illusion that you lost a part of you. Some people instinctively know
how to protect themselves, other fall into this trap again and again. It's called individuality.
As a consequence, from time to time is safe to check whether we're still true to ourselves. This helps us experiment, adapt, evolve and not lose our focus. We can be free in will and actions, thus act accordingly when encountering the unexpected; for what's expected, we already have at least a plan.