and lately i've been thinking of who i am. who we are. i'm a collective. anyone who's been in my life up until this moment has left their mark on me in one way or another, even if it's a little mark. everything i am is because of someone else. we're all like patchwork quilts. bits and pieces of a lot of different people, sewn together to make one whole. something new and different. some of me came from my mom, my dad, my step-dad, my sisters, my brother-in-law, my cousins, aunts, uncles, my mom's best friend, my best friend's mom, my best friends themselves, people i've met only once, some whom i've never met, like anna, and anyone who's ever taught me anything, made me laugh, made me cry or made me mad. they've all left something with me, even if i've never realized it. i think that when you're young, you're like an empty canvas. your character is still in the making, so anyone can come along and paint on you and leave markings. and over time, you turn into a really eclectic work of art. you have a character all your own.
i guess the key though, is to make sure the painting is pretty. that's your job. you have to mark over any of the bad strokes, and add to the beautiful ones.