|Which would be my sense of humor|
Yet, as I look back (on all things copied and copied) I have to believe that this saying is true. I have to believe that things I have picked up from other people have helped shape the me I am. We are all so many pieces before we equal a "whole". That is not to say that every habit or trait I have picked up has been the best for me. But in total, it is who I am.
One of the worst habits I picked up was smoking. I discovered this vice late in life (so to speak) as I was already well into my twenties. I can still remember my dad's final days as he lost the battle to lung cancer (brought on by 45 years of heavy smoking). A smoke break was needed after every visit. It has now been 20 years this November since I finally smoked for the last time. There were many false starts that lasted a year or more at a time but I wasn't ready to let that habit go until then.
I can also be guilty of picking up mannerisms and speech habits of others if I am with them for extended periods of time. This is done subconsciously and might even lend the appearance of me making fun of someone. I constantly have to "check myself" to ensure I am not going down that road (of copying or making fun). It's a slippery slope.
And to that I would add, I notice when people copy off of me. The older I get the more I tend to believe it is flattering rather than offensive. Sure, there could be some humor instilled in the imitation and I am okay with that. I have been using humor all my life (again, sometimes not as appropriately as I should.....another "habit").
After years of being in the trucking business, my husband often answers the affirmative by saying "10-4". Over the years I have added the particular phrase to my vocabulary, along with "copy that". It's a language we all understand. I didn't notice it as much in the past but now I have a host of people that work with me that respond "10-4" to my requests. It makes me smile every time.
There is an entire "numbers" language that at times I feel compelled to learn, but don't want to be so intentional. So for now, I will leave it at a "big 10-4" (also used at times to emphasize) and move on down the road.
Until next time,