I am a human
I have the power to give life to another human. I have the ability to keep my children alive, warm, loved and happy. I am a human with the ability to think, learn, speak, create memories and grow. As a human, I am able to be in pain, to suffer, to survive, to smile, to feel, to be emotional, be lonely and be exhausted. All these make up the human being that I am. All of these factors allow me to be unique. I am the only one on this planet that is living this particular way. There is no desire in me to fit in or have to join the masses simply to be the same as everyone else.
I am an impatient individual with a good amount of creativity and intelligence. I like to acquire new knowledge and to retain skills I have learned over the years of my living existence. Although I cannot say I have the best memory, when it comes to skills I need for my career and life, I have been known to be quite successful at retaining.
Today’s society has a very different view of how humans are supposed to be. The idea that we need to be more than we are, has been troubling me recently. It seems to me that people who we are supposed to be positively influenced by are marketing the idea of a luxurious, never content, greedy lifestyle. This has in many ways created more reasons for the appearance of stress and anxiety in our lives as humans. The basic guidelines for being a human are straightforward. There is no rule book apart from the laws and regulations imposed by each of our governments around the world. If we look at the basic survival guidelines of being a human, then move on to warmth, shelter, love, connections and development, then we should not need to breach any of those externally set laws.
I believe that the purpose of being human is to go through the life cycle of birth, sickness, health and death. In between those experiences we are free to do what we want. For some, avoiding sickness and death means they can have a longer time at being a human. This is what most of us aim for. Ever since I became a mother, this notion of prolonging the time I have as a human is to watch them go through the motions of life. The ability to offer them warmth, love, education, experience and happiness has become the only purpose of my life until I inevitably die.
This idea of what it means to be human is widely discussed. There are many sides to the concept and people’s understanding of the matter are very different depending on culture, religion and upbringing. In my experience, humans who are able to live by the basic necessities of what it means to be human, are content with their lives. They do not have complains of unfairness, underwhelming resources, or the send of being deprived of a good life. This rings especially true with the working class who are rewarded for their hard work at an amount they expect. In certain societies, the ability to be content with life has not been easily achieved.
The way I live as a human is nothing like what my parents taught me as a young child. I have had to develop ways for survival and happiness in life on my own. With the help of my husband and children, I have been able to understand the bonuses in being a human such as love, family, happiness and I am content.