Nov 07, 2017 Human-being or Human-doing?
Germany is a big culture with a rough history. From the division of Berlin to different wars. This has made them a strong people with a place and home that they’ve struggled to find. I feel they know who they are as a culture. They are orderly and they never jaywalk. They will wait at a red traffic light with NO cars in sight. Unless it’s green they won’t budge. It is a heavily forested land and I can tell we barely missed the autumn colors. We were really able to make the places we stayed feel like home. We had yards, toys, and one place even had a piano for me to play!
Before we left on this trip I wondered who I would be once all my comforts and regular activities that I identify with are no longer a part of my life. What is it to be human with no resources? No ownership, no property, no hobbies. Strip all that away and what is it to be human? Because when asked about myself I often describe what I do.
I am a painter
I am a mother
I play the piano
I do pilates
I am an American
I ride horses
I am a dancer
Who I am has always been defined by what I am doing. I am a ‘human-doing’ more than a ‘human-being’. My children are masters of just ‘being’. No one is better at being than kids. Simply being present. I don’t know when we lose that.
Honestly, I am not quite sure who I am. I’ve realized this for some time. I am OK with this – for now. I do look inside of me and see greatness, I don’t focus on what’s wrong with me.
I see a full life
A fun and creative group of friends and relationships
A relatable human being and
Someone trying to be herself for herself.