Posted by: boromax | March 9, 2021

It All Adds Up to You

We are not just ourselves

Each of us

is a coalition

of those who have come before

Besides the biology and genetics

of who you are

the nature and the nurture

the family and the village

the education and the experiences

where you have been

who you have known

what you have seen and heard

the choices you have made

the things you did and didn’t do

whether you liked it or not

It’s all you

Who you are in this moment

is because of every moment

moment by moment

that came before

in the life

and the living

that have all added up to

you

*Inspired by Beaton’s “The Blogger’s Creed” at Becoming the Muse


Responses

  1. with all that history in our DNA no wonder, Ed, we are so unique; Dr, Seuss summed it up beautifully πŸ™‚

    • Yes, he did. Funny thing – I wrote the poem based on my own reaction to Beaton’s blog post; then I went looking for a graphic by typing “it all adds up to you” into the Google image search. The Dr. Seuss quote came up. Perfect!

  2. Great poem. We are all a unique collection of DNA. You can’t be anything else but yourself.

    • True, and yet we all seem to want to be someone other than who we are.

      • Do we think we’re not good enough?……

  3. Wow I love this, you express ideas that where between the lines as I wrote that creed…
    The sum total of that which makes us, US.
    Glad to have been an inspiration to the line of thinking which led down to the creation of this
    Cheers
    ~B

    • Thank you, B. I think about this a lot, actually; how much everything around me is part of who I am. Lately, Beaton became part of me! Cheers to you, too!

  4. I like this one…..

    • Thank you, Don! πŸ™‚

  5. What I find fascinating is that 2 people in the same family with the same environment can have the same experiences and yet see them in such disparate ways. The perspective and the attitude associated with these moments can make a world of difference. And the older we get, the more books we read, the more subjects and skills we learn, the more people we meet, the friends we choose, the activities we invest ourselves in, the more unique we get.

    • Amazing, isn’t it? I am the youngest of five children, and it has always surprised me how the five of us “turned out” so differently. Certainly, our perceptions, attitudes, and inclinations – what goes on in our heads – adds much to the outcomes of who we become.

    • There were just two sisters in my family, and we are so different in many ways, but when we get together, our similarities come out, and we have such fun! (If we were exactly alike, we’d be bored. πŸ˜‰ )

      • Fun is good!

  6. Youer than you.

    On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 2:54 PM ~ Trivial Music Silliness ~ wrote:

    > boromax posted: ” We are not just ourselves Each of us is a coalition of > those who have come before Besides the biology and genetics of who you are > the nature and the nurture the family and the village the education and the > experiences where” >

    • ‘Youer than you.’ – one of my favorite Dr Seuss lines.

      • Yes.

  7. (Not bad for a cancelled guy. πŸ˜‰ )

    • (Right? πŸ˜‰ )


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