What makes you who you are?  

rm_Elysia2005 44F
512 posts
9/15/2005 7:45 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

What makes you who you are?

So in class tonight, we talked a little bit about how it's important for someone in my field, to understand how their background/family-of-origin/upbringing influences them. So of course I am trying to think now, of what influencing factors there were in my childhood. (We just won't analyze exactly which of those led me to here! LO

Let me see. Twelve years of Catholic school definitely had an impact. Especially because when you live in a small-ish town, and go to school within an even smaller, very insular community, you get pegged early. I was defined for the rest of my childhood by two things. One, my family... I was 1 and 2's daughter, 3's sister, whatever else, never just Elysia. Two, I was defined by the role I was assigned at age 5. Which gets tiring after a while.

What else had an impact? My family's eclectic musical tastes, and the fact that music of SOME form was always playing. As such, music is very significant to me.

Seven years in the theater, several of which also nurtured my ability and my desire to write.

Lots of experience taking care of kids.

What made you who YOU are?


mangomamiCT 43F

9/15/2005 8:27 pm

I think my personal trials made me who I am . I felt an incredible amount of hurt early in life . To meet me you would say wow she has it together ! Shes strong or you might ask me for advice. However sometimes I am still that little girl who would like someone to take some of the weight off my shoulders!

maybebaby33 47M/46F

9/15/2005 8:58 pm

That is quite the loaded question for me. I imagine it is for many others as well.

I grew up in a small town. As a result, I despise big cities and the traffic and filth that accompany them. I was tormented in school, mosty because I refused to fight back. Therefore, I am somewhat skeptical of the motives of others and very protective of my friends and family. I saw the value of hard work through a father who was a very successful engineer who never attended a day of college. Therefore, even though I went to college, I have never relied on the knowledge I gained to make myself "better".

Great post. A real thought provoking question.

RailBaron2 55M

9/15/2005 9:53 pm

Well that is a question I cannot answer What made me who I am. ,
I think if you got to my blog ,read about me that may answer your question. if not then you might have to ask some other questions to get this one answered. Jim

digdug41 50M

9/15/2005 10:00 pm

music played a big part of my growing up too and the rest is to weird for me to go into now but overall it wasnt bad and I'm,,,, I guess somewhat normal now by societies standards

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NewJackSwing 44M

9/15/2005 11:21 pm

My doctors and nurses for the excellent care I recieved as a child after my countless leg surgeries and to put me in the great shape that I am in today. Without them .. I would hate to think of it.

I personally credit my Grade 5 teacher Mr Pettipiece for helping me develop my love of sports, writting and drawing. If it weren't for him I don't think I would have developed my skills at writting and my love for sports.

I thank my Dad for playing all that rock music around the house when I was a baby and growing up. When you grow up in Eastern Ontario, Canada you get the big stations from Ottawa and Montreal and man, they ROCKED HARD back in the day .. Areosmith, Van Halen, Boston, Thin Lizzy etc.

My mother for working at the local radio station in Cornwall and from there I took a real interest in radio and then when I turned 19 I took TV and Radio in college. Sure I'm not employed in that field it did help me work with the medium I loved since I could remember.

My baby sister for being my biggest inspiration. They say big brothers are supposed to inspire little sisters. Well, she inspires me daily by what she's achieved.

Mom AND Dad (they deserve a double mention) for never letting me forget who I am and where I came from and to be proud of that.

Anthony Fabian Lutz: My best friend from Grade 10 until he passed away from complications of Musular Dystrophy 10yrs ago. His attitude, his willingness to help and do whatever he could for you despite his condition made me rethink myself. I thank him for helping me think outside the box and view things differently when it comes to music and art (more music for me but I appreciate art because of him). Without him I don't know what I'd be.

My family: Mom,Dad,Sister,Aunts & Uncles and Grand Parents for their love, encouragement and support. I never get to say it but it means more to me than anything else.

What else? I thank Eddie Van Halen for inspiring me to play guitar and for Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan to inspire me to write better songs!

Most importantly .. I thank what I consider to be my home town of Cornwall, Ontario Canada. Even though I live in a city that's twice the size of where I used to live I am always reminded of my beginnings and where I came from when I see those who commute to their factory jobs at 4 or 5am. Cornwall was an industrial town, a humble town and no matter where I live or where I go, when I see factory workers I will always remember that's where I came from. I am not ashamed.

That's me ...


9/15/2005 11:28 pm

Well now, that is a pretty expansive question. The long answer would fill many volumes and cover everything from the big bang, cosmology, chemestry, evolution, genetics, ancestory,geography,history,etc etc.

I guess the short answer would be, everything!

CuteAZguy27 40M
1545 posts
9/16/2005 1:31 pm

my parents were the best, even though i treated them like junk growing up, yet it turned around and effected my life to the fullest.

.....Theater huh ? I have a video camera, ok i video tape anything that moves and make corny movies BUT we could you know, star in our own movie ? (I hope you have yourself a WONDERFUL day today...shh, i wont tell anybody what happening in what, 4 days hun ?)


rm_Elysia2005 44F
412 posts
9/16/2005 3:32 pm

*giggles* I LOVE it when people reply... especially some of my favorite people... Mzhunyhole, have I told you lately that you ROCK?

And yes, AZ, four days now...

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