Re: As opposed to having just lived as one
I think this could really apply across the board, for many types, not just dragons. If somebody has had many past lives as many different types of beings, are they then an "everything"-kin? What if most of your lives were human, and just one life was of something else, like wolf, or elf, or something similar -- are you just human or are you elf-kin?
Personally, to me, it does have a lot to do with who you are now, what your spirit and/or mind is like now, and so forth. Now, this does not mean that having lived a past life as (being) excludes you from being a (being) OtherKin. I just do not think that such an experience automatically means you -are- that type of 'Kin in this life. Something has to be clinging to your core, your spirit, your mind, whichever, for whatever reason. Maybe most of your past lives were as a wolf. Maybe most of your past lives have been human, but your FIRST was as an elf, and on top of that elf has always clung to the essence of who you are throughout your various lives. Maybe dragon made such an impression on your soul, no matter how many lives ago it was nor how many of a dragon you might have had, that it is inseparable from you and any future lives you have now.
Um, short-winded answer is that I think it is very good for people to consider why they think themselves as 'Kin of a specific type. Did that one life have such a drastic impression, and if so why not any others you might have had? Living as something once in a past life does not necessarily a 'Kin in this life make, but as I said it does not necessarily exclude one from that category either. It is the thinking and considering, and life as you are living it now, which is most important.