i thought a lot about who i am, where i come from, and what makes me, well, me, while i was at the beach with my family last week. i didn’t overthink it, i just pondered how all of these people around me, my closest family members, are a part of me – how they each have played a part in making me who i am today. but, not only these beautiful, amazing people, also all of our ancestors, those who lived and died and walked the coastal shores of north carolina long, long ago. all through the week, i thought of these things. and i simply gave thanks – for my family.