Big Toe Musings

I woke up this morning staring at my big toe. I was laid out on my belly with my cheek squished into the pillow and my foot slightly askew off the edge of the bed. While I stared at my toe attempting to will myself to move, I started thinking about us as human beings and how amazing we all are. I’ll explain.

I got my overall toe shape from my dad, much smaller mind you, but I digress. I also got his asthma, big pores, and love of music. I got my mom’s hair color, jaw line, and wide smile. My morals come from both my parents and my grandparents, namely, my maternal grandmother. I could go on and on. The point is, this one body has seen countless moments over the years, and a combination of genetics and environment make me who I am today. What amazes me is the mind’s processing of all of this – what lovely creatures we are that we can be built so similar at the core of it all, but past that, we are made up of so many variables that we would be hard pressed to find an individual who is quite like ourselves. Even your best friend who you have everything in common with is bound to enjoy a flavor you can’t stand. Someone who went through an upbringing almost identical to yours may have processed the experience differently and may still be trying to get past a trauma while you see it as a way you’ve built your strength.

What is the point of all of this? I don’t know. I don’t have one I suppose. This is just a rant from a science loving writer. We live in a world where social media is king, and that can make life hard sometimes – it’s easy to feel disconnected. Try not to lose that wonder you used to experience as a kid; life is still beautiful and humans are amazing. I love all of you. I hope the rest of your week brings great things.

With love,

WB

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