Since the ego is the derived false sense of self, it needs to identify with external things. The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems and often political, nationalistic, racial and religious and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
….All of these things you will have to relinquish sooner or later. You will know the truth of it for yourself. You will know it at least when you feel death approaching. Death is the stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die”- and find that there is no death.