I Am is not only a film but a social experiment that took strangers in Philadelphia and asked them to finish this sentence. “I am ___.”
So what are you? Ask yourself, “Who am I?” And let us know! Mission: SuperForesterers comment letting the world know, “I am blank.” Go to it you grand SuperForesters you!
When I was first watching the video, my initial reaction was confusion. How can we define who we are? Aren’t we defined by other people? Can anyone really know what they really are? But then I quickly realized how silly that sounds. Just last weekend I did a self awareness workshop at school. It talked about how everyone is multi-dimensional, “we are all plaid!” and how to communicate with others despite differences. So clearly, we are not just one thing.
I think it comes down to that Eminem lyric, “I am whatever I say I am, if I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?” In posting this I stumbled upon his latest song called “Not Afraid”. I wouldn’t call myself a huge rap fan but there really is a lot of good rap music out there (for example). Music with a message.
“I’m not afraid
to take a stand
come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together
through the storm
cold or warm,
Just let you know that,
you’re not alone
Holla if you feel that
you’ve been down the same road…”
So for me, at this moment, I am my manifesto. I am smiling. I am sick, but I am not my sinus infection. I am blogging…
And most importantly, I am whatever I say I am : )