Who Are You, Really? The Numbers Game

Monday, June 29, 2015



Numbers started out as simple things.

In pre-school, they were new and exciting. They were the amount of cookies you got to eat after school or the number of minutes left until you could "wake up" from your nap. In elementary school, they were celebrated each year on your birthday as you progressed down the number line. They signified how many inches taller you were and how many friends you could invite to your sleepover on Friday night. In middle school, they were phone numbers and the amount of data left in your phone plan each month.

Then things got complicated. Numbers got more and more defining with age. Suddenly they're not so harmless and simple. Suddenly numbers are your weight, which is never good enough. They're the price of things that "everyone" has, but you'll never be able to afford. They're your GPA, your SAT scores and your ACT scores, which will never fully please any college. They're the amount of followers you have on social media. They're the likes you get on Instagram and Facebook and the retweets and favorites you get on Twitter. They're the amount of time you have left at home, at high school, at college. They're your dress size, which is much too big to be a supermodel or the amount of calories you eat in a day. They're between 0 and 10 when a boy decides to "rate" you.

And suddenly, numbers have become who you are.


Who are you, really?
When you're all alone, are you 153 Instagram likes? Are you a 4.0 GPA? Are you a 2200 SAT score? Are you happy? When did numbers become the thing that keeps us from being happy?

Numbers don't define you, they limit you. You aren't just some ranking on the totem pole of life. Our society finds so much significance in numbers, but they are just numbers. You most certainly are anything but a number.

You're the songs you sing with your car windows down and the moments that take your breath away. You're the places you want to see and the dreams you want to achieve. You're your favorite quotes and the books you read.

You're a person worth knowing even when your phones off. Even when you're not posting pictures on Instagram or tweeting your favorite song lyrics. Even when you're not the "perfect" student with the "perfect" weight or GPA or test scores.

You're you, and numbers will never be able to define how amazing you are.


"you are a thousand things
but everyone chooses
to see the million things
you are not"


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  1. You're one smart smart beautiful soul dear ;) XOXO

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  2. Such an inspiration! I think we all need to remind ourselves of this from time to time :)

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  3. Amazing, amazing, amazing. This is my brain and my life (in regards to numbers) in a blog post.

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  4. I love this and needed to be reminded of this. Thank you so much.

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    1. You are welcome you gorgeous girl xx

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  5. I loved this post. <3 Most of my life, I've felt more or less defined by my test scores (at least to admissions committees)--I'd really like to think that they'll look at the whole picture though, vs. how wonderful I am (not) at taking tests!

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    1. Girl, after reading your blog I can tell you that you are WAY more than your test scores. You are one of my life/blogging role models. When I think about how inspirational you are and all of your incredible qualities, your test scores have never once cross my mind. You don't take tests well. So what? Some of the most intelligent people I know suck at test taking. Your test scores will never ever define you, even if you try to let them!

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  6. I absolutely loved every single word of this post. And could relate to it so well. It's amazing how easy it is to downgrade ourselve to statistics - but awareness is the first step of change!

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    1. You have no idea how much this means to me. And you nailed it. Awareness really is the first step!!

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  7. Beautiful. I absolutely love this and and know this, but I definitely sometimes need to remember that people (even me) can't be reduced to numbers. We're so much more - thanks for the reminder!

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    1. We all could use a little reminder of how awesome we are once in a while! I'm glad I could be yours today :-)

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  8. Wonderful post. I always joke that I was an English major, ergo numbers are NOT my thing. ;)

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