I was thinking today and a question came to mind: Why aren’t there more amazing and spectacular people? Before you get your feathers ruffled, I am not referring to being a great person but to accomplishing great, amazing things. Why are there not more Steve Jobs, Michael Jordans, Muhammad Alis, Thomas Edisons, Edwin C. Barnes, etc.?
I believe that every single human being has in them the potential for great and amazing things; a light, a spark. Bill Gates was once quoted as saying, “I don’t believe there is anything unique about human intelligence,” and I could not disagree more. I know as sure as anything I’ve ever experienced that human intelligence is what makes each of us so incredibly unique and special.
It allows us to experience the exact same world in 7.125 billion different ways. But, with that said why do so many of us sacrifice our uniqueness and allow “life” to squeeze us through a sieve and mold us into individuals that, all to often, fear being different? If you believe and understand that there are no two human beings that are the same, why do we teach to conform?
We should be teaching the individual to celebrate and announce his or her uniqueness from the mountain top!!!
But as we learn quickly in life, the norm will move swiftly to extinguish any hint of creativity or originality.
Take for example how teenagers learn (I’ll use my teen years as example). If you don’t wear a Members Only jacket or glacier glasses, you are out. If you don’t own a pair of Vans, you are out. If you don’t like Break Dancing, you are out. I realize I am dating myself, but if nothing else maybe it got a couple laughs.
From a very young age we are conditioned to go with the norm and to keep our uniqueness to a minimum. After all no one wants to be different lest they be branded the “weird kid.”
After college it is expected that you will get a good job, pay taxes, buy a car and that is the path to becoming a contributing member of society. Then get married, start a family, raise your family, retire and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. And I guess there’s nothing wrong with that, but what about living a life that is spectacular?
Is that not possible for us all? Are we supposed to believe that all there is to life is paying rent or mortgages, bills and hoping one day to have enough to retire? There has to be more. If not, I’m checking out.
I challenge each of you to try something new and different. Find something that is so outside of your “world” or comfort zone and participate. What is one thing you would be afraid to do? Sky dive, public speaking, hold a spider? How about something you’ve always wanted to do but have not? Guitar lessons, enter an open mic night, join a poetry club, start up a band!, take a class at the community college, join a theater group or VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AT A LOCAL CHARITY!!
I want you to challenge yourself. Show yourself you are capable. This world is here for us to experience and it is time for more of us to do so! Get uncomfortable and reignite that spark that makes you, YOU! It is time to break the mold that life presses us into and spread those wings and fly!