Dose of Don: Entry Five

On Change:

Marcos explained that our bodies were designed to change, and it isn’t possible to be stagnant. He showed me a slide of himself at the beginning of the year and of the new lines of his face that had deepened since. He said our interaction with each other, with the outside world, and with intangible elements such as time made us different people every season. His conclusion was that the human body displayed physical evidence that we are not the same person we were when we were kids, or even a season before. He said we think we are the same person, but we aren’t. “People get stuck, thinking they are one kind of person, but they aren’t.”

“…The human body essentially recreates itself every six months. Nearly every cell of skin and hair and bone dies and another is directed to its former place. You are not who you were in February,” he told me.

“…I wondered if he wasn’t right, that we were designed to live through something rather than to attain something, and the thing we were meant to live through was designed to change us” (Miller 70).

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