Can I alone stop a war half a world away? No!

Stop people dying of hunger or disease? No!

Solve the problems of my own or any other country? No!

Try to make the lives of those around me a little better? Yes!

For better or worse, I am what I am.

I make decisions, and I make mistakes.

I think both rationally and irrationally.

I cry and I laugh, just like everyone else.

I do the best I can, with what I have got.

I pass on to those who ask, the things I have learnt.

I withdraw into myself when I need to be alone.

And sooner or later I will cease to be, like everyone else.

But while I am here, I can try and make that small difference.

Try to assist those who seek out my help.

Try to be there when someone needs a listener.

And try to be there if they need a shoulder to cry on.

I try for perfection, while knowing it is unachievable.

Try to be what others perceive me to be, however unattainable.

Try to please everyone, while realizing the task is impossible.

And try to keep hidden from them all my own troubles within.

I am one of a kind, none like me in the past or future.

Though some may be similar, they will also be different.

Despite their ways and manners seeming parallel to mine.

I am unique, the only one of my kind to tread this earth.

I am no great deity, no better or worse than anyone else.

And by keeping this in mind, I am kept humble.

For to think myself superior is to think a lie.

But believing myself inferior is to destroy my own worth.

Who am I?

I am the only person I can and ever will be.

I am that great enigma.

I am a human being!

Copyright - John Casey - 18 May 1995