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I Am Not This Vessel

Did you ever look in the mirror and think “Who is this person?” Sometimes, if I look closely, I feel like I’m looking at a stranger. I’ll think “This is what I look like?” It’s really weird, because I don’t strongly identify with what I am seeing…

I wonder how many other people feel this way. Maybe everyone does, at least briefly, for fleeting moments. When you’re young, looking in the mirror (on a good day with the right lighting) can be fun. As you age, this begins to change, until finally one day you realize it’s better not to look. The mirror is no longer your friend.

The good thing about this disconnect between the body and the self is that it makes aging less painful. If you never really identified with your physical body as “you,” it makes losing youth a little more bearable. It does, however, raise the very important and eternal question: If you are not your physical self, then who are you?