You Are What You…

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.”

Clearly eating doesn’t truly define us. I can eat a healthy salad one day, and a greasy burger the next.

It doesn’t mean I’m confused, or uncertain, or bipolar.

In today’s world, more weight (no pun intended) is put on what we eat. We want to eat healthier, we want to eat smarter, we also want to eat cheaper. Everyone is stuck on this health craze. And that’s all fine and dandy. Go and eat your apples and gluten free carbs.

But I think there is more to this sentence. We just chose eating, because it’s America’s favorite past time.

So, I’ve decided to think of something else. I haven’t settled on ONE specific word, because I think they are all important, but let’s try this out:

You are what you think.

If you think you are smart, are you actually smart? Personally, I think I’m smart enough to get through life unharmed. I’ve lived this long! Go me!

You are what you think.

If you think you are brave, are you brave? You would have to at least have some example of you being brave in a situation to prove it. You can’t think you’re brave and then run from a spider. You have to think a little harder about being brave.

What about this: You are what you say.

Now, I’m not talking about you walking around saying, “I’m a brunette.” No, that’s… no, that’s not it. I’m talking about when  you are interacting with the world. How you speak to a random stranger can say a lot about someone’s attitude and personality.

How many times have you seen someone be rude to someone else and thought, “that person is an asshole”?

Don’t lie, you know you do. If you say nice things to someone, or you always say positive things………. people might actually like you. I mean, not a lot because there are people out there who were born to hate. And you can tell this by -tada- all the things they say:I hate this, I hate that, who does she think she is?

Others still argue that actions speak louder than words:

You are what you do.

If you plant flowers, you are a gardener. If you write books, you are a writer. If you murder someone, you are a murderer. This is all fine and well until someone misinterprets your actions. For example, you’re a police officer, and you shoot someone…. now, you’re a murderer. You’re no longer a protector. But rather a racist murderer.

Sometimes… and it’s very rare but:

You are what you wear.

How many times have you heard, “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want”?

I’ve heard that a handful of times. If you see a woman wearing scrubs, you can at least bet she’s in the health field. Doctor, nurse, custodial worker… you’ll never know. But healthcare. You can at least state that.

If you see someone wearing a khaki bucket hat, with a red flannel shirt, with a khaki vest over it, I’m sure you might think fisherman. Especially if there are fishing lures hanging from the hat.

Out of all of these examples, I think “you are what you eat” needs to be set aside for the time being to figure out who you are. You can munch on some carrots, or potato chips – whichever you fancy.

But if you had to finish this sentence, what would you be?


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