Andrew - Chesterfield, Missouri
Entered on September 26, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: humanism, legacy
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When we are born, we have nothing. We are simply animals with only basic survival instincts. When a baby is born, there is nothing to separate it from any other baby. All humans are exactly the same at birth. That being said, what makes us different? Why are we the way we are? What builds our character?

A human is born with no personality, no story and no character. There is nothing to separate it from any other baby. The difference, however, starts to form instantly. The second a human is born, it starts to become a person. The things it hears, smells, touches, all impact it from the second it is born. It is these simple things that over time, start to develop a human into a person; Something with personality, ideas, feelings.

All of these things create memories for a person, memories that last forever and develop a human into a person. Without memories, a human is not much different than any other animal; it is a species of mammal just trying to survive. With memories, the human is transformed into something new and exciting. People are all different and it is the memories they have that make them that way.

There are not two people in the world who have the exact same experiences. It is not possible. The sight, the smell, and the things they touch cannot be exactly the same. Because no two people can have the exact same memories, no two people can have the exact same memories. Since memories are the things that make us who we are, we therefore have to be different.

My grandfather once told me, “Memories are priceless.” He is right. He has provided my entire family with more memories that have shaped my life than any other person I can think of. In short, my Grandfather has helped to made me the person I am today. He has helped changed me from a human to a person.

Think of a memory you have of something, an experience that you will never forget. Now think deeply about how your life was before you had that memory and how it is now after you have had it. I guarantee that if you look closely, you will find a difference. I have many memories about many different things and I can look at all of them and think to myself, “This is how it has changed my life.” If you would try doing that and ask yourself how an experience has changed you, you will soon be able to understand why you react in certain ways to certain things.

Some people will say that we are born with certain things. Some say our genetics make up who we are. The way I believe it, we have these traits when we are born, but our memories and experiences are the things that shape who we are. Memories affect a persons view on life and how they interpret those things they are born with. That is why memories make us who we are.

Humans are animals. There is nothing separating them from a dog or a rabbit. However, the minute a human is born, it starts recording memories in its brain. These memories are the things that transform a human into a person, the things that make you, who you are.