The imprecision of “am”

I am 41 years old

is a very different statement than

I am a vegan.

In the first case, there’s not a lot you can do about your “am”. It is an accurate description of a state of affairs over which you have no control.

In the second, it simply describes a choice. Anyone who wants to eat a certain way instantly becomes a vegan for as long as they make that choice.

The “am” that we think of as permanent identity might actually be a choice, repeated again and again.