It's time for a post that has nothing to do with my children. Because I do actually have a brain in there and occasionally it functions independent from these little people all around me.
Have you read The Host (stephenie meyer)? It took longer for me to get into than Vampires and Werewolves (go figure), but I ended up really enjoying it. It was more thought-provoking for me than I anticipated. It made me think on a few things... is it actually our spirits (or our souls) that run our physical bodies? It appears that way seeing as once a physical body dies and the spirit leaves it, the body is really good for nothing at that point. I mean, we have a tradition of either burying it in the earth or burning it to ashes, either option rendering the body useless for the time being. It's the spirit or the soul inside that gives it life, that makes it bend and stretch and become functional.
Granted, none of this is brand new information to me, but it made me wonder if I would still be me if I happened to be in another body. If we took Amberly, the soul, and put me into Katelyn's body, would I be able run a long way and perhaps enjoy the experience? Would I automatically be in better physical shape because that's the nature of my new body, or is that her soul that gives her those perks? If we extracted me from my body and inserted me into Shellie, would I automatically be a wonder creatively? Would tasks that I labor over for hours be a breeze because I would be in her? Or if her soul vacated her body would she then be left as ignorant as I currently am regarding such things? And as long as we're wondering, if my little (yet incredible) soul was put into a typically unemotional male (read: any that I happen to be related to) would I then not emotionally overreact to events on a regular basis? Would I not be a sap for a really good love story or appreciate regular validation? We could blame the estrogen in me for a few of those occurrences, but not all females I know have the emotional output I am capable of. What on earth would I be like as a male?
Would you still be attracted to the person/ type of person that you are if they were in a different body? None of us are so shallow as to say that all we are attracted to is the physical body of our significant other, but would we have been initially attracted to them if they were residing in another form... is it their spirit that we really crave? I think the man I married is pretty dang hot, but it's really the person inside that I love... I mean, what if Nicole Kidman was walking around with Robin William's soul inside of her, she would be totally different!
How much of who I am has to do with the physical body that I possess? I understand my body gives me the opportunity to build character and patience with its limitations, but what part does it play in my identity... I could say it's just a body, that the real me is flowing inside and would function just the same in another vessel, but on the other hand, this physical body of mine is pretty darn amazing. It's a stinkin' miracle the way all my systems inside work together just as they should and keep me moving every day. It's pretty obvious to me that as lovely as monkeys are that I did not derive directly from one. Lots of heavenly thought went into creating me, both the physical me and the spirit that jumps around inside of there.
I've already jumped into the next read Mutant Message Down Under, which is fabulous so far. It's by Marlo Morgan and anyone who wishes to read and discuss, I'm very open to that idea. I've already begun over analyzing the concepts discussed in this one and they're fascinating. I really should read more if this is what it makes my brain do...