We Can’t Run From Who We Are

I just watched this video of a toddler discovering his shadow
for first time.

Awwwwww. I nearly
choked by his adorableness.

But then, my hamster wheel started turning.

With million views, thousands of likes, hundreds of
comments and dozens of articles written about this viral video, I knew there
had to be a deeper layer of meaning. The cute factor may be hard to resist, but
we can’t deny that something more interesting is going on here.

Devin’s shadow is a perfect example that we can’t run from
who we are.

Our identity chooses us, not the other way around. No matter
how hard we work to kick nature out, our truest self will still bubble up the

Online. Offline. At work. At home. In the community. We
can’t help but be ourselves.

Michelangelo famously said the sculpture was inside the

He wasn’t talking about art, he was talking about us.


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