Why Are You, You?
by Jonathan Hilton Day 48
Today when I think about myself, I do not feel all that much different from the person I was at younger moments of my life. Yet I know that when I look in the mirror, that person has seen some things. I have to wonder what exactly makes me me?
I think that it is kind of mind boggling to think that of all of the billions and billions of people that have ever existed in the history of the earth, that there has never before been anyone who is exactly like me.
I am a one of a kind original, as all people are and that is something powerful to think about. But why am I, me?
Each of Us Is Unique
The first thing that you have to look at is the unique attributes that I was born with, from my personality which is uniquely my own to the way that I react to and interact with the world. They are all mine. I think that I have contained the same personality and been the same person since I
was able to first be aware of life around me.
It has been influenced and cajoled by the experiences that life has given me, but in essence the person at the core is exactly the same one who started this journey so that would be a factor for why I am me.
The second reason I am me is my family. Each of the people of all relationships that touched my life from my parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course siblings have all left a mark and helped mold me into the person I am today.
Whether it was the direct lessons they taught me, like be polite or don’t steal. Or the indirect lessons that they taught by showing kindness, compassion, and caring for others, I am indebted to my family for much of what I am today, and for what I will become in the future.
You will choose who you are
Thirdly I think that your life experiences make a big impact in who you are but even more importantly are your reactions to the things that life throws at you.
There are circumstances that you love and some that aren’t so nice to experience, but with each experience pleasant or difficult you will always have the choice of what you take from it.
You will decide if you learn something and move forward, or be so devastated that you can only look backward with regret.
This is a personal choice that nobody can make for you, but one that has gone a long way in defining who I am today, and why I am me.
There are many factors that will cause us to reevaluate our lives, the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or perhaps the ending of a long relationship.
That new perspective can catapult you into one of two directions, forward to accomplishment or backward in regret and despair. Sounds harsh, but there are only two ways you can go everyday in life, either you are getting better or you are getting worse, nobody stays the same.
Why am I, me? To quote Lady Ga Ga, I was born this way, and there is really no other way I would rather be.
I am now going to do something I don’t believe I have ever done or will ever do again, using a song by One Direction which tells us You’re Beautiful, so you must be!