From the second we are born, we are defined by the number on the scale. 6 pounds 13 ounces, 22 inches long.

Humans have now begun to base their identity and self-worth on numbers; the number on the scale the required calorie intake per day calories burned number of miles ran grams of fat, protein, sugar height Age shoe size, shirt size, pant size the number in our bank account our yearly income hourly wage grade point average SAT scores the number of colleges we are accepted into the score we received on a final exam the number of friends we have on Facebook the number of “likes” we get on an instagram photo the number of followers we have on twitter population size the pricetag Wins and losses rankings, statistics, percentages etc, etc, etc

We have come to base our worth on a number. A single digit. Do you know what the dictionary definition of a number is? -A quantity or amount. 4 words. A number does not have a heartbeat. A number does not have a personality. It doesn’t have a family or friends. A number doesn’t have life.

Humans are beings with a purpose who have been weighed down by these numbers. We compare ourselves using numbers. We try to change ourselves to fit the standards of these numbers.

But it’s just a number. I am not defined by a number. You are not defined by a number. We are not defined by numbers.

We, as humans, should be defined by wearing our heart on our sleeve our family, our friends the people we make smile the way we make a difference in the world our beliefs our morals our culture our roles the impact we leave the lives we touch our personality our strength our purpose

Because we all have a purpose. And a purpose isn’t based on a number.

So put away the scale, don’t stress over the grade on the last test, post an instagram picture not for the likes, but for the moment that made you smile.

You are more than a single digit. You have a heart beat. You have a life. You have a purpose.

So go make a difference. Live a happy and healthy life. Be free. And live in the moment.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.


Author Jen Caruso, part of Project Heal Boston