Mirror Image

Corinne Vance looking in the Mirror

Corinne Vance looking in the Mirror. Photo by The Delta Bohemian

By CORINNE VANCE

Why do we do the things we do? Why do we say the things we say? Why do we feel the way we feel? Are these feelings even real? I look around at all the mirroring images we are of each other, each person seeming to be a reflection of the last. Who are you? It’s impossible to know. Who am I? Can you see me?

What do you think of me when you pass me on the street? Do I catch your eye, or do you simply pass me by? Am I just as indistinguishable as all the people I pass in a day? I consider myself an individual, unique, do you see what I feel? Why would you? What makes me different?

The way I dress is the same as all the rest–a mirror image of my society. The trend, the talk, the way we walk, they’re all the same. I see many but remember few, does the same go for you? The odd, the strange, the weird, the deranged; these I remember. They stick to my thoughts and make me wonder: Who are you? What’s your story? I become interested; do I create the same interest?

What do you think I represent? Christianity? Peace? Equality? Or do you just see a girl and nothing more? Do I symbolize a blank canvas, being colored only by the influences of the people around me, or something more? How can you tell? You can’t.

I do what I do, say what I say, wear what I wear, and act how I act, because it’s what I am “supposed” to do. The grip society has on us is tight and hard to fight. But who wants to be a reflection? Do what you do, say what you say, wear what you wear, and act the way you act, all for yourself. Step away from the mirror and become an original.


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Comments

  1. Cynthia Talley says:

    It is a joy to read such an article written by a young woman who understands who she is and sees through others. People do need to stop being what the world wants them to be instead of themselves. Thank heavens Corinne can write about being one’s self. With the places she is going to go and has gone, her influence is a start for young and old women to be who God made them to be. “Themselves….” It is never too late to learn, discover and grow for anyone.

  2. Thank you for your comments, Cynthia! I miss you!!

    It’s gonna be fun to see where life takes Corinne! The world is her oyster!
    (http://www.english-for-students.com/The-World.html)

    We are grateful Corinne is a contributing writer to The Delta Bohemian!

  3. The blog exudes philosophy! According to me I was what I was, when I was born. Family, education, knowledge, my peers changed me to what I am today. Everyday I evolve and I learn to be unlike me. That’s the irony! I loved your question though, Corinne.

  4. Corinne Vance says:

    Thank you for all your comments! It means a lot to know what you think and hear your opinions! keep reading!!!

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