Nothing lasts forever
It’s funny how everything is in a constant change.
Nothing in this world stays the same.
Sometimes things changes for the better, sometimes for the worst.
Time changes, technology changes, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes seconds changes, life changes, people change…
It’s a constant battle between staying the same, being you and being in a constant change to become something else.
Bigger, better, smaller, nicer, faster, slower, more open, more closed.
Our feelings, looks, age, thoughts, mood, opinions, values, everything can go from one thing to another in just seconds.
Therefore, we can’t really say that things last forever, because nothing really do.
There is nothing in this world that will stay the same forever.
There is nothing we really can say will last forever, mostly because we can’t predict the future. We cant be sure on the things that lies in front of us.
That can be scary, but it don’t have to be.
That “You” Dont Exist Anymore
One of my earlier teachers once told us in class about a book he was reading.
He told us that we, the human, replaces itself completely and the one you see in pictures from when you were a kid, is not you anymore.
Every 10 years we become essentially new people, because in that time, every cell in your body has been replaced by a new cell. Don’t you feel younger than you were seven years ago? It is true that individual cells have a finite life span, and when they die off they are replaced with new cells. As The New York Public Library’s Science Desk Reference (Stonesong Press, 1995) notes, “There are between 50 and 75 trillion cells in the body…. Each type of cell has its own life span, and when a human dies it may take hours or day before all the cells in the body die.”
This story has been on my mind ever since, and of course it’s still just a theory, but it has some pretty good facts, like:
- we shed our skin cells about every 35 days
- red blood cells live about 120 days, platelets 6 days and white cells less than a day
- most of the adult skeleton is replaced about every 10 years
- the average age of a fat cell seems to be about 10 years
- a 25-year-old heart replaces about 1% of all its cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells ) over the course of a year, while a 75-year-old heart replaces about half a percent
- our neocortical neurons, the cell type that mediates much of our cognition, are produced prenatally and retained for our entire lifespan
The little person that I remember, the little girl I see in pictures, is not really me, because there is no cells in my body anymore, that belonged to that little girl.
You Weren’t There
But, there is also another side of this that got me thinking. Scientist Steve Grand says:
“Think of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all, you really were there at the time, weren’t you? How else would you remember it?
But here is the bombshell: you weren’t there.
Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place … Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.
Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made.
If that doesn’t make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.”
You Are More Than What You See
The next thing I started thinking about was my old memories. I remember stuff from my childhood as clear as the day today.
I remember smells, voices, I remember things I was thinking, but never said out loud.
And I remember a feeling, a feeling I still have in my heart and mind.
So, there is more to it, isn’t it. More than just cells, blood and bone?
Deep inside I have always known what I want to be. I have always seen what I want to do, and where I want to go.
I have always had a mission in life. A journey, and even though I have no idea how I will get there or when it will be, there is a mission there that I am a part of.
I don’t know how we all got here, into this world. How it all started or what we will become when it all ends, but what I know is that I exist, and I like to think that there is a reason for that.
“The Reasom I’m Here..”
When I was a kid I told my mom, and this is also something I will never forget, I told her:
” I have always had a feeling that there is something I am here to do. There is a special reason why I am here. I will become something. You also have this feeling right?”
My mom answered: “No, not really. What do you think it is?”
I answered: “I don’t know, but I want to be an actress. I want to entertain, I want to be a voice, I want to give feelings to others and I want to be someone who others can look up to, I want to make other people feel special and unique. Have you never felt that you one day will become something special?”
Again, my mother said: “No.”
I remember I felt a bit stupid, and almost selfish, even though what I had told her was just what had been feeling. And what I had chosen to belive in, that we all where here for a mission. So I asked her, almost in frustration:
“Well then what do you feel? Is there no reason why you are here? Then wats the point?”
She looked at me, in the way only a mother can look at you, and she said: “Ine, I do belive there is a reason why I am here. And even though I’m not the one to become something special, maybe my reason was to create you, so that you could grow up to be just that. To be special and do the things in life you feel you are here for”
After that, I have been more and more sure about that feeling inside that I have carryed on even though all my cells, bones and drops of blood have chanced.
You Are The Change
There is always a reason. It might be big it might be small, but know that everything you do makes a difference.
So go for those feelings, believe in the things you are thinking and dreaming about.
There is a reason why you are here. And that constant change…well, you are the one that makes make it go around. You are the change, not only for yourself, but for others as well.
For yourself, for others and for the future.