On some rare occasions I do the mental exercise of thinking of the past in third person. Would things be better if "he" would have never existed? I'm fully conscious that traits and habits are developed over the course of many lifetimes, but due to lack of information I' ll only refer to one. Anyway, a lot of things I like about myself now are actually "his" traits or a direct consequence. _ Long term optimism: I may be a short term pessimist, but for some mysterious reason I can't help feeling that in the end everything will solve itself out and be fine. This will always keep me going. If he didn't have that as well he would have killed himself. So it's most likely an inherited trait. _ "Weird" creativity, resourcefulness and problem solving: I have a lot of ideas, they may not always work or I may not put enough effort into them, but for every problem I can come up with a million creative solutions. From creating "innovative" machines to come up with hypotheses, and other ways to solve issues, I'm pretty sure that's his as well. _ Documented material: if you don't write it, you lose it. If you write it, you can read it 10 years after or in your next life. Thank you. Whether they are old posts from a few years ago or very old entries from another lifetime, re-reading myself is always informational. _Ability to re-invent myself over and over: from what I gather this goes beyond one lifetime, and while sometimes it may be out of necessity, it's also in a way, a pleasure. For the last 200 years at least I kept moving from place to place, learning a million different languages and working in a lot of different jobs. While growing up for some reason I thought I was adverse to change, what was I thinking?? I' m actually adverse to routine and stagnation, not to change. I can live in a different country for a day and feel that I've been there all my life. _Philosophical tendencies: While I have yet to find positive proof of metaphysical thinking in the past (besides things that other people say I said), the fact that I was questioning reality from a very young age in this life suggests that it' s not something new. I know for a fact that I was interested in philosophy, I' m just not sure to what extent. That's all I can think of for the moment, I'm sure there's more. What are yours?