Defintions | Teen Ink


August 16, 2010
By Confused_scheherazade ELITE, Brooklyn, New York, New York
Confused_scheherazade ELITE, Brooklyn, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
I know nothing, but of miracles.

What defines us? Or should I ask what does not define us? We cannot be defined just by our origin. Religion doesn't just define us. Our past can't define us and neither can our friends or family, or even what we say. Maybe what defines us as people are all all of the above and so much more. Maybe what really defines us are our actions, thoughts, dreams, likes/dislikes, and what we about about them. Every book that we read, every person we ever talked to, memory that we have, every emotiom that we experienced, and every conflict that we faced and the ones we have yet to face have all defined us. Just as our past can define our present, our present can define our future. We have to understand that all people are defined by different things and so are we. Just remember, ”This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
This too will define us.

The author's comments:
When I was in my final year of middle school my English teacher read to us an excerpt from William Shakespear's As You Like It. "All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts." Later on I started thinking how in one lifetime a person can be a student, a parent, a member of religion, and more. A person can have all those roles and do them at the same time. But a person can never be truely defined by one role. There are so many things that define us. The items I listed are only a few. Just go through life playing as many roles as there are under the sun and be defined.

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on Aug. 22 2010 at 7:47 pm
pageturner PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
It's okay to daydream.. just as long as you get to do some of those daydreams.

I agree with you. Our actions should define the people we are, not what other people say.

on Aug. 20 2010 at 6:06 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Well said. My answer is simply that each of us are far too complex to be defined in the dictionary.