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This morning I asked myself:

“When did I start putting my hair behind my ear with a couple of fingers, neatly cupping it in a ‘graceful’ way, instead of just shuffing it aside with my whole hand, putting it where ever it wants to fall, like you see four-year-olds do?”

“How come an eight year old boy poses for a picture, elbow on his knee, looking straight at the camera with a self confident air and conscious posture, where just a couple of years ago, he would just stand there?”

At a certain moment in our lives, quite young (my guess is around 7 or 8), we become more self conscious about things. We stop just doing things and start with thinking about things and choosing how we want to do them. It’s like we were living a life in perfect flow and then stopped.

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I think I must have been about 16 years old when I saw a girl, a bit younger than me, perform a theater act for a local art-like contest. She was very good. Her act was all about ‘being yourself’. I remember thinking: “I wonder how you do that?”

It was not much later that I heard all these friends of me¬†philosophize about how you should not let yourself be influenced too much by other people. That you should do whatever fits with who you are and that you shouldn’t care too much about what other people would think or say. Again, I was thinking: “I wonder how you know who you are?”. And, I remember not really getting the ‘influences from others is a bad thing’- vibe.

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