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Why it's important that everyone cherishes the person he or she is -- no matter what

Why it's important that everyone cherishes the person he or she is -- no matter what

November 11, 2008|By EMILY PINKHAM / Pulse Correspondent

Walking to another stressful class this morning, I thought, "Wouldn't it be awesome if I could be someone different today? I could forget my own problems and live the world as someone completely different?"

What if I had the choice to switch places with my favorite volleyball player or actress? We've all seen the Disney movie "Freaky Friday," starring Lindsay Lohan. Obviously, we wouldn't want to trade places with our mother the day before her wedding or have our mom talk to that hot guy or girl we've been flirting with for the last two weeks.

But what if we had the choice to exchange places with anyone we wanted?

Having a bad day? Trade places with an accomplished actor or athlete.

Big test tomorrow in physics? Trade places with your favorite musician for their big show.

The real question is, whom would you switch places with? A friend? A role model? Maybe a celebrity? More importantly, who would you want to be you? Who would you trust to handle every aspect of your life? Obviously, you wouldn't want someone who would destroy your reputation, put you in detention, or flunk your Spanish midterm. Would it be worth the risk? After all, the lucky person who you would swap places with may not be able to pass an important test or deal with the popular clique at school the way you do.

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Usually we wish we could be someone else when we've had a bad day or have heard about someone else's good fortune. "Why did this happen to me?" or "Why couldn't I be...?" are common questions we ask ourselves during these distressed and green-eyed times.

We are so quick to question that we take for granted our own experiences and life. If we had been someone else during the game last night, would that college coach have seen us play? Or would we have been able to get to know our grandmother before she passed away if we had been someone else? Would switching places with someone be worth the sacrifice? Would it be worth the relationships, accomplishments, and memories?

Imagine if you participated in a foreign exchange program. For an entire year, you and a student from your host country would be living one another's life. They would be staying in your home, with your family, and living all aspects of your life. Vice versa, you would be living theirs.

Because we can't really switch bodies with people, a foreign exchange program shows us that by exchanging lives with someone else, we would miss out on meaningful occurrences that no one else would experience the same way we do.

So the next time you are feeling down about yourself, lose an important game or do poorly on a test, remember that these experiences mold you into the person you are. They make you your own person; totally unique from everyone else in the world.

After seeing it that way, why would you want to be anyone but you?

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