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  • There's a half-scientific theory that says that because our cells are dying and being replaced so often, our entire body has been replaced every seven to ten years.

    Once in a while there comes a time where the memories reach so far back, to people that were you, to your past selves, that you hardly even feel like it was you at all. Walking down a road you haven't walked down for what seems like centuries. Hearing the sound of a bird that you once heard when you were but a child, as if it was calling out from ten years ago, rather than from the tree overhead. Memories that stretch so far back that your mind almost feels like it's reading about them in a storybook, rather than remembering them. And the realization slowly but surely settles in. I am all of them. They were all—no, they are all me. It's empowering, almost. All that energy, the energy of the memories, the knowledge of what I felt and how I felt it, it's all in me. The cells that experienced it may have passed away but I am the vessel that those memories, that energy, flowed through. I have it all backing me up, as if it were the ghosts of a thousand dreams and memories ready to push forward in the world, to be able to avoid reverting to autopilot machinery, to keep our soul. I suppose, strangely enough, that is "me". The collection of all of the energy in our life as it passes.
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