Math+Life #18: (In)Dependence

Who were we before?

Before we became us,

Before they called us,

By our names.


We were their children,

Pam’s daughter,

John’s son,

Our parents’ kids,

They defined us for who we are,

They shaped who we have become,

Their small characteristics and teachings,

Slowly accumulate,

Piles and piles after piles,

And become a part of us,

We were small replicas of our parents.


As we grow up, we drift,

Heading in another direction,

We’re still similar to them,

But we find ourselves finding a different path,

Until we start to define ourselves,

We’re no longer Pam’s daughter, John’s son,

No longer do our names remind people of our parents,

We’re independent,

We don’t reflect an image of our parents,

We aren’t mini multiples of them,

It’s no longer a math equation,

Where we’re a scalar multiple of them,

We soar alone.


Of course,

The independence evolved from the dependence,

Shaping us who we are made us our own person,

Beginning by reflecting our parents, gave us a path to success,

Just because we are by ourselves now,

Stretching across the plane of the world,

Doesn’t mean the line that started it all,

Our parents,

Didn’t make a difference,

Because no matter how independent we call ourselves today,

No matter how strong, succesful our line of path is,

We need to remember,

That our parents didn’t draw the line for us,

But they held our hands while we scribbled it,

Across the plane. 


Math Connect:

A vector is a mathematical object that has a size, called the magnitude, and a direction. A set of vectors are said to be nearly dependent if at least one of the vectors in the set can be defined as a linear combination of another. I connected this to the concept of how we start with depending on our parents, as they define us using their combinations. Slowly, we develop our own characteristics and become more independent. However, we always start as dependent, and that contributes to our independence, similar to math.