There’s no one like you. There never has been anyone like you and there never will be again. Although that isn’t earth-shattering news or profound revelation, I think it is important that we remember and consider how unique and special we all are. You are.
I wish I was a wordsmith- an inspiring writer who knows how to reach others, connect with them, tug on the old heart-strings- for a message such as this. Like the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ emotional stuff. I’ll try anyways.
You are unique and special due to the time, the place, the people, the DNA, the environment that are part of your experience, your journey. No one else has this history.
This is God’s plan. Because of your unique place, you have unique skills, knowledge, experience. You have unique tasks that you must complete. If you do not do them, no one else can. God has given them to you. Your calling. Your destiny.
This life has been given to you.
When I was a young Bondo, I was incredulous to discover an old man at the barber shop that didn’t like Batman or Scooby Doo. “How come you don’t like Scooby Doo?” I demanded.
“I am not you” the very wise old man replied. Instead of simply saying “Batman isn’t real” or “Scooby Doo is stupid” he taught me a valuable life lesson- I am not you. It is ok to see things differently, do things another way, march to a different beat. As long as my way works for me- who cares what others think? I am not you.
The reverse of that simple life corollary is also true- and just as important: You are not me. I always need to remind myself that everybody else- just like me- sees things differently, does things another way, marches to THEIR own beat. Not mine. If we can respect that about each other, it is possible to learn from each other.
You can watch Perry Mason, I will watch Scooby Doo. We both still need a haircut.
If you met yourself, what would you think? Would you like that person? Are you polite, friendly, sarcastic, intimidating, scary? Would you want to be friends with you?
Are you comfortable in your own skin?
Don’t worry when you feel like being you isn’t all it should be. If you are doing what is put before you, doing the next right thing- that is all there is. We are all part of a grand symphony orchestra. Everybody gets to see the first violin and applaud, but people want to hear the full orchestra. The fourth trombone is just as important as the first violin. Without it, something is missing, the symphony isn’t complete. It isn’t all it could be.
That is the result of being the best you. The best you makes the ‘we’ better.
This life has been given to you. If you don’t live it- who will?