Tuesday, October 08, 2013

We Can't Run From Who We Are

I just watched this video of a toddler discovering his shadow for first time.

Awwwwww. I nearly choked by his adorableness.

But then, my hamster wheel started turning.

With million views, thousands of likes, hundreds of comments and dozens of articles written about this viral video, I knew there had to be a deeper layer of meaning. The cute factor may be hard to resist, but we can’t deny that something more interesting is going on here.

Devin’s shadow is a perfect example that we can’t run from who we are.

Our identity chooses us, not the other way around. No matter how hard we work to kick nature out, our truest self will still bubble up the surface.

Online. Offline. At work. At home. In the community. We can’t help but be ourselves.

Michelangelo famously said the sculpture was inside the stone.

He wasn’t talking about art, he was talking about us.