*Sappy post coming based on that title*
No, not exactly.
You are not you without your experiences.
You would not be you if you didn’t get made fun of on the playground. You would not be you if you didn’t break two bones before you turned 7. You would not be you if you hadn’t lost a loved one early in life. You wouldn’t be you if you hadn’t have been a child of a divorce. You wouldn’t be you if didn’t try out for soccer. You wouldn’t be you if you wouldn’t have given all you had to a person who you weren’t meant for. You wouldn’t be you if you wouldn’t have realized that happiness is more important than a number that flashes on a scale. You wouldn’t be you if you would have never would have seen the ocean. You wouldn’t be you without participating in marching band. You wouldn’t be you without persisting during a time when you wanted to give up.
These are examples from the lives of people I have come in contact with, or myself. Although, I bet they apply to you as well. There are so many more examples out there as well.
What I’m getting at here, is that without each and every single moment in your life, you wouldn’t be you. It is undervalued how important experiences are. We tend to think it is people who make us who we are. Yes, there is no doubt that they are part of it. But, the places we go and things that happen to us are just as important.
Think about it: imagine if you never would have been out of your home state? How different would your life be? Imagine you never would have been pushed down on the bus? Or if that kid never would have made fun of you for your name or the way you dressed? Those are experiences, that involve people, but do not center around them.
What if you had never seen the stars? Or green grass? Or snow?
Those are experiences too.
At the end of your life, you are no where near the person you were when you were in secondary school. “People change you.”
Life changes you.
Life leads you to the experiences you are going to have. Life teaches you how to deal with those experiences. Life makes you stronger. Life makes you wise.
And special, extraordinary people help you make sense of it all each and every day.