It is never earth shattering, or even all that amazing. Nothing that would result in jail time or extra prayers at confession. Just little, unexpected quirks, maybe personality flaws, maybe character virtues, maybe just mundane trivia, but quick glimpses into who I am. Which is a complex organism.
Over the years I have taken bits of other people and incorporated the traits I found admirable, or amusing into myself. Affectations, mannerisms, whatever seemed unique, and interesting became conglomerated into my personality.
It has made me more than I was, but it has come at a cost. I am not always sure where I end and others begin. It is not a high cost, or big expense, but it is inconvenient at times. Particularly as I age.
Something fantastic will pop into my head, and a smile will start to form. Then the doubt creeps in.
"Is that me, or Mike from my days as a masonry laborer?"
So many things from so many people, and somehow there is still a whole person, perhaps, inside. And once in a while he will take the reins and type away. And it will surprise me.