Are you aware of the numerous things that make you, you? What would your answer be if I asked you what makes you special? Some of you may look toward the ground and say, "Not much. My fingerprints, I guess." Others may exuberantly proclaim, "Everything about me!" Who's right? Let's explore the topic further!
For those of us with a "Pollyanna perspective", we'd happily exclaim, "Why, it's my personality and the way I look! Also the way I think and my unique traits like my fingerprints!" Crazy thing is, these optimists are correct...and then some. Not only is our appearance something that sets us apart, but there are other things that do too.
If your argument is "we're all human and we're all alike", you're correct. But we're all also different and that's the beauty of life. We are all truly unique. Not only because of the above reasons but also because of several more. First, our DNA: the most important reality of this blog post. Obviously DNA reigns supreme when it comes to pulling us apart at the seams, quite literally. DNA evidence obliterated everything when it came to crime scene investigation and litigation.
But what else is there? Well, our tongues for one. Because our tongues are kept safely in our mouth (or not so safely, depending on what we talk about), our unique tongue prints are kept intact. How would that work though, when asking for prints? Could be a bit challenging....
Then there are our ear lobes. Instruments have been created to illuminate our earlobes to help in identifying us. And it's pretty conclusive. Strange, eh? I remember my grandmother being obsessed about earlobes....she was obviously onto something....
Many of us probably know about our retinol capillary patterns being individually unique. Such is the reason for eye scanning equipment in high security areas. But what about our irises? Also very unique to each individual because "the color and structure is genetically linked, but the details of the pattern are not". Hmmm....this gives more meaning to "looking deep into your loved ones' eyes".....
What about how you walk? Have you ever given thought to the way your body moves? Well, that's another way to determine individuality! Not just your legs but your entire body, how you sway and put pressure on your feet, etc. Makes me wonder about those of us who trip or fall off balance....can that be studied, too? (Just a joke to make you smile! Watch out for that rock...!)
Our voices and lip prints are also unique markers of who we are. I don't know about you, but I can just imagine a police station: someone comes in and is asked to be lip printed. I don't think that would be a fun scenario for the officers on duty. Do you? Could make for an interesting day, though. :)
Judge: Step forward, please. I understand you are being held for theft?
Defendant: Yes, your Honor.
Judge: Would you care to share your side of the story?
Defendant: Yes, your Honor. I walked into the store, leaned against the glass case and left my finger prints. Then I saw something... an amazing watch in the case.... and looked more closely, accidentally brushing my lips against the glass. Stunned, I stood up and found myself staring directly into the eyes of the clerk. As she asked me if she could help me, I cut my finger on the edge of the glass case. She gave me some kleenex and I wrapped it around my finger, thanking her profusely. Then she showed me the watch. I put it on my wrist, starting to walk back and forth in front of a nearby mirror to admire how it shined against my skin. I tripped over a chair near the mirror and the watch fell off my wrist, landing on the floor and shattering. I freaked out, went back to the case where the clerk stood with her mouth agape, and offered to pay for the watch. Flustered, I paid her and then began walking out of the store. Without thinking, I grabbed a scarf and dabbed my forehead then shoved it in my back pocket. Immediately, upon leaving the store, I was apprehended.
(This person is doomed! Not only because of all the evidence left behind, but also because of the security cameras!) There. Hope I made you laugh at least a little. So this has not only been an informative post which I think I could safely call 'Interesting', but also 'Humorous'. Where will I post it? Probably 'Interesting'. But I digress....
As for the point of this post, you are unique for so many ways that it would be pretty much impossible to deny it. And there are so many intriguing things about you that make you unique that you must admit, there's got to be an overall purpose to this! So enjoy being you and know that nobody out there can fill your shoes-scientifically or from a humanitarian standpoint. Namaste!
References (Quite Seriously):
Quora: What Things Are Unique To A Person Besides A Fingerprint?
Medical Daily: Special Snowflake: 4 Things (Other Than Your Fingerprints) That Make You 1 In 7.2 Billion