I had a car accident yesterday, I was stopped and turning right, when I heard a loud bang, and the whole car shuddered forward. I got out, to be met by a young man in a Mini, unfortunately his entire front end was mangled, although my rear bumper seemed to have done a fairly good job and was just cracked, I drive a 20 year old Mercedes estate, just around the time the quality started to go downhill for Mercedes, he looked stressed, panicked, I asked if he was ok, told him to sit down, calm down, etc, he looked confused, shouldn't you be shouting at me, he said, oh, i said, its ok, I am a Sikh. And with those words, got rid of the debris, took details, made sure he was ok, and then sped off, things to do and all, but it got me thinking, I am a Sikh, what does it mean to me, why am I a Sikh, as my brother is so fond of asking me, why do I need to validate myself and my thinking by belonging to a religion, what do I want from Sikhism?, after much thinking, the answer is nothing, what do I want from god? again, nothing, I am a Sikh, Sikhs don't want, how can a Sikh want, when Sikhs of old did nothing other than give and share, a Sikhs life is one of service, it us our job to serve, to help, to do so and want something is, in my view, not Sikh like, I think of Sikhs as above mere wants or the need for baubles, a Sikh is unconcerned with their lot, it is irrelevant, it is not how you dress, who you know, who your friends are, what your hobbies are, what you drive, how big your house is, it is about what you change, what difference you make, what input you bring, what do you bring to the big party. Its easier for me, I always knew my life would be one of service, although that is not to say I do not do the things that I want, when I want, because I do, but the flip side is that the world owns me, and as long as I can be of some use, then I will, and then I will die. I am a Sikh, and I say that with huge pride, I am one of those that have put aside living in order to be a very small wheel, but a wheel nonetheless, a Sikh, it gives my life some meaning, some purpose, I get to do the right thing by people, and then I get to howl at a full moon, it does not get any better than that. what does Sikhism mean to you, why are you a Sikh?