A Little Bit of Everything and Nothing

The way I see it, I’m the product of both my genetics and my environment. I’m not sure if I’m leaning more toward one than the other but I feel like I lean more toward my environment, than my genetics. Anyway, what I’m saying is I’m still learning who I am. Sometimes I feel like a little bit of everything and sometimes I feel like nothing. Not in a depressing morbid kind of way, but a water droplet in the ocean type of way. Sometimes I think I’m doing important things, then I remember not much of this matters at all. When I first started my journey, I’d swing back and forth between the two extremes. Lately though, I have maintained my center. There are important things that matter but there’s nothing that matters more than learning to accept myself so that I can better accept others.

According to Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova, in an article she wrote titled, “The Eternal Return: Nietzsche’s Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Key to Existential Contentment,”

Chance and choice converge to make us who we are, and although we may mistake chance for choice, our choices are the cobblestones, hard and uneven, that pave our destiny.

So while I initially thought it was just genes and environment that makes us who we are, Popova takes it a step further suggesting that our choices make us who we are. I’ve written about how our choices define us. And how it isn’t the choices we make in our past that define our future but the choices we make consciously and consistently in the present. Yes, the past impacts the future but you don’t need to be a prisoner of your past.

So if you were defined by your choices, the ones you’re making today, who would you be?

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10 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Everything and Nothing

  1. The way I see it, your genetics will determine how you look and to some degree what physical problems you may have as you get older but you environment and how you cope with it determines your mental state and what or who you become.

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  2. I might be wrong, but I see genetics as a blueprint, like one used to build a house. People can be content with what they have and all the idiosyncrasies of it. Or they can choose to remodel. A friend of mine recently started to panic because she showed a tendency toward a genetic condition that would be debilitating somewhere in her future. With genetics, we tend to succumb to an inevitability of it rather than consider “remodeling,” as you would a house that shows potential issues down the line. In a person’s life, changing genetic outcomes might simply need a change of thought. Other times, lifestyle changes are included. I’ve read (I’m too lazy to look it up.) that genetics has been overcome, somewhat consistently. If I were to guess, the more people look into strengthening and developing advanced thinking, there might be the potential to overcome any genetic problems. For that, I have no proof. Maybe it’s just a gut feeling. But more science begins with a gut feeling, one way or another. I’ve had an almost imperceptible nasal congestion from before kindergarten. When I think of it (which is rare because of all the other things going on in the world distracting us all) I want to see if I can get to the bottom of it. It’s one of my next steps. By mapping out my life, I’m starting to understand the blueprint of my “house” and how to fix it.

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  3. I think people can be externally altered as well. We are all affected by our world as well as through epigenetics. It’s less perfect without internal understanding, leaving imperfect and unpredictable results. It’s why humanity is in such trouble, lack of self awareness and how to effectively integrate into our world. We follow and follow. Even leaders take their leads from what’s already been established over the millennia.

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      1. It’s hard to know exactly what to do in the world, especially when things go wrong. How much do we feel our way through life, trying to get clues from others who are likely doing the same thing. It’s like a conga line of blindfolded people.

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