March 4, 2007.
"It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else."
There are no two people on earth exactly alike. That's right, even with the world's population exeeding six billion people, not even one of us is a carbon copy replica of anyone else. When you think about it, that's pretty amazing, isn't it? Not even ONE match out of billions and billions of people!
So why do we oftentimes try so hard to be like others, desperately trying to fit in with everyone else? Be it peer pressure or simply wanting to be part of the in crowd, far too many folks give in to the temptation of trying to be just about anything or anyone but themselves. In fact, sometimes we try so hard to be someone or something we're not that we almost forget who we are in the process. Sounds kind of crazy doesn't it?
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
Each of us is a distinctive, truly unique human being; a one-of-a-kind present from God. Oh sure, there are many of us that share a number of interests and have comparable likes and dislikes. But as many similarities we may have with others, we have just as many differences; maybe more. And it's those differences that make life the exciting, action packed adventure it could be and should be.
If every one of us were basically the same, life would be really bland. In fact, blander than bland. Can you imagine how unbelievably unexciting each day would be if everyone you met was EXACTLY like everyone else? Can you picture a world where everybody did EXACTLY the same things in the same way day after humdrum day with no end in sight? Yikes! Thankfully, we each possess individual gifts and talents that no one can duplicate, let alone match.
"A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable."
While our abilities may roughly coincide with those of others, ultimately our uncommon characteristics and traits separate us from everyone else. The way we think, the manner in which we work , the way we process information and even the way we respond to people and situations run the gamut. Totally unique, completely different.
We have different ideas, different viewpoints, different interests and different tastes, in fact, just about everything we say, think or do differs in some way from everyone else. Yet some people try like the dickens to be someone they're not, working overtime to be anything but the person they were born to be.
"The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique."
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Yes, we are definitely different and that is very good news indeed. Instead of trying to be something we're not, sadly losing our identity along the way, we need to embrace our uniqueness by celebrating our differences. We are who we are, so why should we fight the feeling any longer? We shouldn't.
Rather than futilely seeking the approval of others, constantly trying to fit in, why not choose a different path, a different direction? Why not break away from the rest of the pack and blaze your own trail and make a little magic of your own? Instead of vainly trying to match the moves made by others, why not make your own moves and make something special happen right now?
You need to get out on the dance floor and dance your own dance, boogying to the beat of your own drummer. It's time to forget about what everyone else is doing and start movin' and groovin' to your own rhythmic rhythm. And should you feel like singing your own song, then go ahead and let it rip. Sing it from the rooftops above. It's your life and you should live it your way. It's time to let your hair down once and for all and start doing your thing the way you have always wanted to do it. And do it in your own unique, distinctive, and yes, different way every day for the rest of your life.
The Bottom Line: Instead of trying to be someone you're not, why not become the person you were born to be?
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