I'll never forget when I was a young man in 3rd Grade and received an ink pad. I can't remember if I got it for Christmas or a birthday, or perhaps I simply found it in my dad's desk and claimed it as my own. What I do remember is being enamored with my fingerprint. I must have went through reams of paper making designs with my fingerprints from turkeys, to baby feet, to mouse ears. Of course, my fingers were stained for the next week, and I had to explain how the black in got on my clothes. Poor mom!
Everyone sees fingerprints in a different light. For a detective, they are evidence. For a person cleaning glass doors at a public building, they a reoccurring nuisance. Truthfully, most of us go throughout our days not giving 1-thought about our fingerprints.
With this in mind, the source and formation of our identity is of utmost importance. Since our identities are formed from many different influences (family of origin, hobbies, interests, friends, weight, personality, chemical imbalances, etc...), it is beneficial to as ourselves the questions 1) Who am I? 2) How do I perceive myself? 3) How do others perceive me? 4) Is there a difference and why? 5) Who do I want to become in the future?
While we can do little about our fingerprints, our actually identity can be shaped and formed, and the "mark" we make on the lives around us can be intentional.