Simon's favourite color is green, he likes rocketships, and he is 4-and-a-half years old. These are the attributes that define him in his mind. I'm sure I was similar as a little boy... but somewhere along the way, favourite colors, books, teams, songs, and movies, or number of times that I've circled the Sun or where I call home on this pale blue dot, or my hobbies, jobs, or titles... all started becoming increasingly smaller part of how I define myself. And increasingly larger part is coming from relationships, or to put it more specifically, from clearer understanding of self, and better understanding of people's impact in my life and my impact in theirs.
This has been percolating in the back of my mind going through the last week. There's a saying "change is the only constant", but I like the translation "everything flows and nothing abides", since it focuses better on the journey that we're all on. For those whose path is taking them down a different fork - thank you for all you've taught me, and may our paths cross again. My fellow journeyers - here's to the next chapter of our adventure!