You are unique, just like everyone else.
“What an obvious contradiction?!”
This was the exact I had in mind when I first heard this statement. I cannot remember exactly who said it, but the speaker himself also displayed a sense of amusement at his own words. I am quite confident a lot of people will agree with my first reaction.
While the first thought is legit, there is way more into this very statement. Year after year of existence, I go back to this statement. For reaffirmation of my value, I go back to this statement. For bringing my feet back to the ground, I go back to this statement. This statement rings more truth and wisdom than most quotations, sayings and quotations do.
We are all human beings, earthlings, creatures yet we all have something different in our physical, emotional and psychological make-up. We are all born into this world with abilities, capabilities and skills yet we have different sets, levels and combination of these characteristics. We all have potentials to be good, bad or anything in between yet we are given varied mindsets for approaching our intrinsic values and converting them into our choice of actions and decisions.
In the continuous journey that is life, we all aim to remain unique while at the same time, strive to be extraordinary. Yes, there are those who wish to live in simplicity and those who aim for the basics. Yet in their hearts and minds, there will always be the wish to make a difference, to have an impact. It does not have to be about conquering the moon or putting an end to all the wars in the world (though that would be quite a nice accomplishment). It can be something viewed as simple as having a child or planting a tree or bringing a flower into bloom. Such things seem mundane, but a child means a new set of potentials for the world to benefit from, a tree means fresher air for generations to come and a beautiful flower means the possibility of a smile on another human being’s face at the very least.
Extraordinary does not mean huge. Extraordinary means unusual and remarkable, something each and everyone of us can achieve. This is something people should realize. A lot of individuals in the modern world tend to fall into anxiety and depression due to the feeling of emptiness and unworthiness. Whether this feeling is from the outside world or self-inflicted, it is without basis at all. Each and every individual’s existence is of value to at least one other person. It just needs a little effort to uncover that value and bring it into realization.
You are unique. I am unique. Everyone else is unique. Beyond that, you, me and everyone else can be extraordinary in the most simple things that we can do.