Joanne Olivieri
2 min readNov 13, 2021


What would you choose?

Photo by author taken March 2013 at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Though I was raised Catholic I have always believed in reincarnation. I do not believe that when we die, that’s it or that we end up in heaven or hell. I don’t see heaven and hell as a specific place. I believe we all experience heaven and hell right here on Earth. I believe in the circle of life being continuous and once our physical body dies that our soul chooses another physical form in which to return to this earth. I have many reasons for these beliefs that include instant connections when you meet certain people, Deja vu etc…

Obviously when reincarnated I don’t know in which form we would return. Would we return as a human being if you were a human being in your previous life or could you return as anything you wanted to be.

I have always wanted to return as a tree. I know many of you are probably laughing right now but I am serious. I love trees for their stature, their confidence, their protective nature and their ability to withstand the elements. I’d love to return as a tree in the middle of the High Sierras. Of course with all the devastating fires we are experiencing here in California, I may have to rethink that.

While I’ve enjoyed being human, I think I’d like a little diversity in my next life.

So, humor me and tell me in what form you would like to return.

First, do you believe in reincarnation? And if so, in your next life would you want to return as a human being or something else?

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Joanne Olivieri

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