When I consider who I am, I think of myself not just as a body, a person but a mind within a body. The body is the shell that protects and holds our mind and allows us to interact with others on this plane of existance.
I believe we are on a journey and life, this existance within a body is one level that we procede through at one point in our journey. I believe that life has always existed and we did before here in this body and will continue well after.
The mind/soul does not require the body to exist but may require it to process information on this level and interact within this existance.
Sometimes it is odd what I think about and sometimes it just is.