The poem explores why we call ourselves “I”. In Spanish, “yo” means “I” and he speaks much about this word. What does it mean to be myself? In the present tense “I” means the person right now who is typing this article. However, “I” can also mean the person I am going to be or the person I was when I was five years old. This can get confusing if you look that this in the context of human existence. Ramiro looks at his past and calls himself “I”, but through personal growth he realizes that he is not really the same person anymore, so how applicable can the word “I” really be to describe the Ramiro we all know and love? Most people believe that they are very different from how they were as children. We often look back at embarrassing memories from our awkward adolescent stages and thank God that we grew out of it. I can hardly remember what was going through my head at thirteen. The way that the “I” moves and changes throughout time is what Ramiro is pondering.
This “past person” that he was has disappeared. It is such a distant experience that he can’t really understand it anymore or know what it felt like. This “past person” only exists as a memory for him and those who knew him. People, as they experience life, are stuck in the present, even though that “past person” has an effect on the “present I”. It is also interesting to think about one’s future self as well. Time is fleeting and every second that goes by, a part of this “present person” will die. The person you are only truly exists in the moment and soon will just be a memory.
Another idea that influenced Ramiro is the Christian belief in new life. That once someone is forgiven or baptised or come into faith, they are starting a new life. Also, how this transition can affect the existence of the individual. Someone who led a troubled life, can become new when deciding to change course and walk the straight and narrow.
In part of the poem, the speaker asks himself, “am I still the same being (“I”) that I was before?” The speaker wakes up and wonders if he is still the same as he was last night. We get so used to calling ourselves “I” that we usually don’t stop to think what this actually means. This poem takes that minute to stop and question who is this “I” that I refer to all day. Who really am I? What does it mean to be here in this moment?
I hope from reading this poem and article that you can take a moment in your busy life, and reflect on who you are in this moment, appreciate the person you have been, and look forward to who you will become.
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
Solamente porque sigo llamándome “yo”
No significa que soy el mismo ser de ayer.
Es como una reencarnación Budista
En la manera en que cada mañana despierto, nazco
En el cuerpo de alguien con el que comparto una vida.
De una manera absurda, mi lenguaje me engaña a creer
Que soy el ser que una vez fue, que de esta forma no he cambiado.
Los hechos de esta vida compartida se aparecen en mis relacionés subjetivas,
Y de esta forma estoy condenado a seguir siendo “yo”
Cuando el “yo” que fue se convirtió al “yo” que es.
En mi vida estaré experimentando esta metamorfosis inevitable
Cada vez que me encuentro dormiendo y despertando;
Cada vez que termino muriendo y naciendo
De regreso a estas condiciones absurdas que me rodean.
¿Pero sigo llamándome “yo”, verdad?
Yo sigo siendo yo y mis circunstancias;
Pero ellas han cambiado, y asi yo también.
Esta es una de las conditiones multiples de mi humanidad,
Y de esta forma me siento muy distante del ser que era;
Con el pasado que se convirtió a nada, el ser que fue en ese entonces también;
Y con la nada del futuro que se hace algo, yo y mis circunstancias nos despedimos.